Reading FC players of the future unveiled ahead of the 2017-18 season!We are pleased to announce that the list of names below are the young Royals who will be joining the Reading FC Academy for the 2017-18 season – the players were presented to the crowd on Saturday as a new group of budding young footballers who will be hoping to one day cross the white line and play for the Royals!
These boys will be playing in the Under-9 Premier League Category 1 Academy Games Programme next season against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham. Thanks to our Recruitment Department, which includes Phil Antwi and Brendan Flanagan, we were able to identify these players from a group of more than 250 players who were scouted from the Reading, Oxford, London, Basingstoke and Swindon areas.
Jairo Beerens – Rood/Wit
Thomas Kabza - Bullingdon FC
D’nayo Hunte – Eldon Celtic FC
Ryan Okemwa – Eldon Celtic FC
Elijah Gayle – Eldon Celtic FC
Ryan Beacroft – Fleet Town Spurs
Chinoso Achodor - Oxford Blackbirds FC
Luca McDonald – Westwood Wanderers FC
Kaden Allsopp – Hawley FC
Dane Bailey – St Peters Iver FC and Golden Eagles FC
Lucas Reguerio-Rial – AFC Henley
Casey Smith – Lee Rangers FC
Ricco Bullard-Jeffrey – FC Real
Da’jarne Martin-Grant – Youngs FC Wembley and Pro Soccer
Harley Greenidge-Lamar – FC Real
Toby Hammond-Chambers-Borgnis - Thame Boys FC
Joshua Yensu – Highworth FC
The players have been training three times a week and have been coached by our Foundation Phase Team including Marcus Herron, Craig Drummond, Lewis Goater, Steve Lapere, Jamie Greenwood, Kobina Elliott and Michael Pearce.
Our aim at the Academy is to produce "brilliantly technical players, who work tremendously hard". These boys have taken their first steps in emulating their idols, Jordan Obita and Liam Kelly, who have both been at the club since the age of 9, and who are now playing regularly in the Royals first team.