Royals skipper meets Special Educational Needs Students from Berkshire College of Agriculture.
Royals captain Paul McShane made a visit to the Madejski Stadium dome on Tuesday afternoon to meet a group of youngsters from the Berkshire College of Agriculture taking part in the football session run by the Reading FC Community Trust.
The group visiting the Dome for the football session were Special Educational Needs Students from BCA taking part in Foundation Studies at the College.
Reading FC Community Trust deliver regular football sessions at BCA, which is aided by EFL Trust funding as part of their disability programme.
The group took part in an active session with McShane watching from the side-lines giving out advice to the young players.
Once the BCA students had finished on the pitch the Royals skipper took part in a Question and Answer session with the team. The group asked a number of interesting questions as they chatted with McShane about every aspect of life as a footballer – including his highs and lows on the pitch, a successful season with Reading so far and what it was like coming up against some of the world’s best strikers during his time in the Premier League!
After their chat with the Republic of Ireland international, the group took the opportunity to get some selfies with the defender as well as receiving some signed photos.
McShane’s visit was part of the EFL’s day of Community Day of Action, with the skipper one of many players across all divisions making visits in the local area, highlighting and showcasing the impact of the work organisations like Reading FC Community Trust do in towns and cities nationwide.
Reading FC Community Trust is a registered charity and is the community arm of the football club, engaging, developing and educating young people within various community groups within the local Reading and surrounding areas, delivering a range of sessions through 5 main activity pillars – Health, Education, Social Inclusion/Community Cohesion, Sports Participation and Recruitment.
The Community Trust engage with over 3500 participants on a weekly basis developing programmes of work through schools, colleges, youth clubs/services, grass root teams, sports centres and universities working alongside the football club in delivering player appearances, and match day experiences to young people and families.