There was a sea of blue in Green Park on Sunday morning – groups of Royals’ Academy footballers from all across the age groups donned their tracksuits, blue Santa hats and embarked on a 5K run to raise funds for two terrific charities.
The £5 entry fee, which was paid by all entrants – that included our fledgling players, their families, and some Academy staff – went towards a great fundraising venture.
Half of the money raised was for Action Bladder Cancer, the chosen charity of Eamonn Dolan, while the other half went directly to the Reading FC Community Trust’s disability programme – and members of our Deaf Team, some of the club’s Primary Stars staff and a number of students from a local SEN school who work with our Trust coaches on a regular basis also took part.
Former Royal and homegrown product Simon Church was also on hand to launch the event, while Ed Franklin led a much-needed warm-up on a bitterly cold day before the dash got going from the South Stand.
A big thank you to everyone who supported the runners on the day ahead of our Under-23 fixture against Manchester United… and for everyone who has donated, too!
If you want to donate in support of our runners, click here to visit their JustGiving page.
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