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John Swift visits Reading FC Deaf team

8 March 2017

Swift meets deaf team members to watch training and partake in Q&A...

Last week Reading midfielder John Swift paid a visit to a Reading FC Deaf Team evening training session to watch the team put through their paces.

After training Swift took part in a question and answer session with the squad, who spoke to the former Chelsea man about his playing career and his time with the Royals so far. The players also chatted a bit to Swift about the team’s success in recent years and giving him a bit of background about their season.

The team have had a strong campaign thus far and are through to the final group stage of the South English Deaf League. The winners of the southern group will go on to play in the National Final, with the Royals having finished runners-up last season.



Reading FC Community Trust Assistant Disability Officer, Craig Peters, who works closely with the Deaf Team, was pleased with the way the evening went and thanked Swift for coming along to meet the team.

“Speaking on behalf of the team, I would like to thank John for giving up his time to come to Reading FC Deaf Team training,” said Peters.

“The players were excited to find out he was visiting and it was a good opportunity to ask him questions about his playing career and his journey so far with Reading FC. 

“John was impressed to hear about the deaf team success so far and wished us the best of luck for the rest of the season,” Craig continued. 

“The deaf team is one of many projects that the ‘My Ability Programme’ delivers at the Community Trust, and it is great to have other first team players making appearances to support our programme.”



Reading FC Deaf Team’s final two home fixtures of the English South Division are against Barnet on the 25th of March at 13:30 and Brighton on the 9th of April, with both games being played at the Piggott School, Twyford Road, Wargrave.

Any supporters who want to go along get behind the Royals in their final two home outing of the season will be welcomed! 


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