Club host tournament to promote alcohol awarenessReading Football Club's Community Trust recently hosted another six-a-side Kicks tournament sponsored by CAP - Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP), a scheme which brings together local organisations to tackle the problem of underage drinking in and around the town.
Six teams took part in what was a competitive tournament and CAP were on hand to give out advice and guidance on the topic of under-age drinking and buying alcohol illegitimately.
This is the second tournament that CAP has partnered with The Community Trust to host and as a club we are very proud to be able to use football to get important advice and information over to young people in the local community.
"Tournaments like these are good opportunities for us to talk to young people and what better way to get the message across than through sport," said Community Trust Social Inclusion Manager Richard Witt.
"We normally see more than 100 young people who come to take part in Kicks tournaments alone during our half term sessions, and this has been a useful way to educate some of the young men and women about the dangers of alcohol."
Reading CAP organises diversionary activities and Alcohol Awareness sessions for young people across the borough and, after a tournament held in conjuntion with the Trust earlier this summer, Derek Lewis the Chairman of the CAP said, “I am delighted at the fantastic progress being made by the Reading Community Alcohol Partnership.
"Community Alcohol Partnerships are a tried and tested way of driving down underage drinking and creating better, safer and friendlier neighbourhoods. Locally tailored partnerships, which recognise that retailers and licensees are an important part of the solution, have been shown to be highly effective in driving down harm.”