Reading hosted the final round of the Eamonn Dolan League Tour series last weekend...At the start of the 2016-17 season, the club’s Academy joined forces with professional clubs in the region to form the Eamonn Dolan League Tour Series for age groups Under-9 to Under-12.
The tour series was designed as a concept to bridge the gap between non-competitive and competitive football and to broaden the playing experiences of our Academy players.
The series has been played as a grand prix-style format with fixtures being played on a monthly basis with an overall winner from each age group at the end of the season.
It was decided by all participating clubs, including Cardiff City, Swansea City, Swindon Town, Southampton and Bath Schools as well as Reading, that the tour series would be named in honour of our late Academy Manager Eamonn Dolan who was a big advocate of innovation in youth development.
Over the course of the season, clubs have been making collections for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity in remembrance of Eamonn, with all participating clubs raising over £500 for Action Bladder Cancer UK.
The Tour series came to a conclusion on Saturday afternoon at the Academy Indoor training centre at Madejski Stadium, a couple of hours before the Royals’ clash with Wigan.
Congratulations to Reading U11s who won their League Tour series in their age group, with the Royals coming runners-up in both the U9s and U10 categories too!
Academy coach Jamie Greenwood said, “The boys have loved playing in this season’s tour series and we believe the format has added variety to the Academy games programme which has brought many returns for the boys’ long term development.”
Take a look out our Facebook Gallery below to see some snaps of the action from the Eamonn Dolan League Tour Series across the season…