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Trust teams take to the turf

Community Trust enjoy opportunity to take to the Madejski Stadium pitch before renovations begin...

4 June 2018

Once the professionals have finished with the pitch, there is often opportunity for others to tread the turf at Madejski Stadium before renovations to the pitch begin in earnest ahead of the new campaign.

And towards the end of last week, our Community Trust ran a series of soccer schools in the stadium bowl, giving all ages and abilities the chance to experience football on the hallowed turf.

Last Friday afternoon, disability programmes were run - and 11-a-side game took place between BCA college's SEND students and a Bobi XI.

The Bobi XI was made up of players from the local disability league, many of whom earned the opportunity to play through working with the Trust in the past through its EFL Trust-funded programme.

The BCA college side comprised of students our Trust see on a weekly basis through its SEND schools and college coaching programme.

At 5pm, a second 11-a-side game kicked off featuring players from the Trust's Health and Wellbeing team pitted against CFP Newbury - a team that the Community Trust have helped create through its programme; CFP Newbury have received 10 weeks' free coaching from qualified Trust coaches through another EFLT-funded initiative.

In total, more than 70 people with disabilities engaged in football on the Madejski Stadium pitch that day! 

The previous day had seen girls take centre stage; an all-girls soccer school and girls development camps were run throughout the day, with a massive 95 participants enjoying the Madejski Stadium experience.

And in the morning we had played host to two more 11-a-side fixtures - part of the  Advanced and Elite Games programme the Community Trust have taken part in since September.

The friendly league is played during each school holiday on a triangular tournament basis with each team having to host one event during the season.

Taking part were Coventry City, Northampton Town, Swindon Town, Oxford United, Luton Town, Stevenage, the Royals and two teams we hosted last week -  Wycombe Wanderers and Woking.

First up our Under-14 Elite group played two 25 minute periods against both Wycombe and Woking. And then it was the turn of the Community Trust's Under-16s side.

The games proved competitive and, once the boys had got to grips with the large Madejski pitch, there was a high standard of football on display.

And it was another excellent opportunity at the end of the season for these teams to enjoy playing on a stadium pitch.

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