The ‘Royal Bus’ – which you may have seen around Madejski Stadium on matchdays – was back on the road and back at Crosfields School last week to take part in a girls' football tournament in the local area!
The bus was officially unveiled at Madejski Stadium at our recent ‘Community Day’ when we hosted Hull City, as we celebrated all the work that Reading FC Community Trust in the local area.
It 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.
And it was back at Crosfields for the girls' tournament last week, where Reading FC Women's player Sophie Howard was on hand to offer some tips and guidance to some of the budding young footballers.
The bus was again set up with a reading area, with literature provided by the Premier League Primary Stars programme which was showcased throughout on the bottom deck. And upstairs, there were board games and colouring activities to get stuck into! The Bus also has consoles on board now, allowing football-followers to get gaming with FIFA!
The Speed Cage – which is also at the Fun Zone every matchday – was set up as a challenge for the children, teachers and watching parents to have a go at hitting the hardest shot.
The ultimate aim of the Royal Bus is to go to schools and host roadshows focused on a variety of topics such as healthy eating, anti-bullying and other important topics to local schools. The bus will also be used as a study support centre which will use the bus as a hub to effectively work as an extra classroom with a specialist in literacy and maths working with local children.