Community has consistently been at the heart of what this club has aimed to achieved. And we continue to look to connect with our town and its people at every opportunity. Here is a short round up of some of the ways Reading Football Club proudly promoted #OneReading during November.
Our future meets our past
Last month, we came together with The Woodland Trust and the Football Remembers campaign to commemorate the former Reading footballers who fought and fell in the First World War.
On the eve of Armistice Day - 100 years on from the end of hostilities - our Academy’s Under-12s helped to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and remember 15 men who fought on our behalf and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
In partnership with the Football Museum’s ‘For Club and Country project’, the young budding footballers helped to plant 15 trees at our new Bearwood training ground complex to create a living legacy to those men and all who fought in the First World War.
Education in the community
Our Community Trust recently invested in a Learning Zone for local schools as part of the Premier League's Primary Stars initiative.
This month the Learning Zone was initially set up in the Media Suite at Madejski Stadium and, going forward, it will be permanently based inside The Royals Bus, which is situated in the Fun Zone on matchdays.
Nine Mile Ride Primary School were the first to enter our Learning Zone, Year 6 pupils taking a tour of the Royals' home to learn facts about the stadium and club before participating in a quiz. The children had a great time and we look forward to connecting with a number of local schools going forward.
Taking the bus to school
The Royal Bus went on tour for the first time by making the short trip to Crosfields, supplying some entertainment throughout the day at the school’s annual boys’ tournament in mid-October.
The cup comes to town!
In November, Reading FC Community Trust welcomed 16 local schools to take part in Reading's EFL Kids Cup tournament.
The matches took place at The Dome at Madejski Stadium, with the children taking part in a tournament that could see them play at Wembley in the final!
Congratulations to the team from Hawkedon Primary School, who were the winners on the day!
Developing our young players on and off the pitch
Education is key within our Academy framework. We are consistently preparing young players to be the very best they can be, both on and off the pitch.
And our U15s continued their educational journey with the next instalment of a Football for Freedom project earlier this month; the young budding first team stars took a trip to London's Docklands area where they were treated to a series of seminars from a team from 'Justice and Care'.
They listened to ex-police officer James Hensman and then Sierra Leone-born former professional footballer Al Bangura, who had a raw and very personal tale of human trafficking and asylum-seeking to tell the players.
Academy stars sign with SEN schools
Earlier this month, seven Reading FC Academy players were invited to spend the day at Manor Green Special Needs School alongside other students visiting from The Forest School.
Ben Purcell, Louie Holzman, Tyrell Ashcroft, Pierce Bateson, Kai Allsopp, Malachi Talent and Claudio Osario all paid a visit to the local school and spent much of the day delivering football sessions throughout the day to around 30 special needs students.
And the lads stepped even further out of their comfort zones at the end of the day at school, when they were taught by some of the Manor Green students how to perform a dance using only Makaton, a form of sign language designed to provide a means of communication to individuals who cannot communicate efficiently by speaking.
Jordan drops in to John Radcliffe Hospital
Royals star Jordan Obita took time out from his injury recovery to lend his support to a young Royals fan showing a lot of bravery in rehabilitating from a serious accident.
The Royals left-back visited Harvey Greenaway on Wednesday afternoon at John Radcliffe Hospital's Neuroscience Rehabilitation Unit.
Helping us to give a little back this Christmas
Christmas is a time to give! And Reading Football Club are proud to host a Giving Tree throughout December. The tree was up and in place ahead of our December opener against Stoke City - and we are inviting all fans to visit the megastore and buy a gift for children who may otherwise not get many presents this Christmas.
The Royals have come together with the KidsOut charity and, over the next couple of weeks, we would like to encourage supporters to take a tag.