Reading Football Club were well represented at the Reading Sports Personality Awards evening held at the Hilton hotel in town on Sunday evening.
Our Category One Academy picked up the Mayor’s Special Legacy Award, while two of our Academy's most promising young internationals were jointly presented with the Sports Personality of the Year accolade - Danny Loader and Luke Southwood couldn't be separated as the award was given to two winners for the first time in this category.
Meanwhile, our Community Trust's exceptional work was also recognised as the Reading FC Deaf team collected the Mayor’s Team Award.
And former Safeguarding Officer and club historian David Downs, who retired from a long spell of service with the club earlier this season, was at the ceremony to collect the Pride of Reading Sport Award on what was an excellent night for the club!
Loader couldn't be at the event due to his involvement in an England Under-18s international tournament which saw him involved against both Belarus and Argentina this month - but after the big screen showcased some of his talents, he provided a message of thanks via a short video before his brother Masango collected the award on his behalf.
Goalkeeper Southwood was there in person alongside Under-18s manager David Dodds and Under-23s boss Scott Marshall and a number of other key Academy coaches and staff who had been invited to attend the event.
Meanwhile Community Trust coach Craig Peters, the manager and coach of the Reading FC Deaf Team, was joined by defender Harry Lewis to pick up the Mayor’s Team Award alongside representatives from from the team's two sponsors, Total Communication and STAR!