Last month we welcomed the host families of some of our Under-18 players to Hogwood Park for an evening of good food and company!
The evening saw a number of the families visit the training ground for the first time, so they were given a guided tour of the site upon arrival, allowing them to see where the players spend their days.
They then heard from Ed Franklin, Head of Academy Elite Performance, and his team who spoke about the nutritional demands of being a professional footballer.
In the background, whilst all of this was going on, our Under-18s stars had been working away in the kitchen with chef Jody Palmer and his team!
Having helped to compile a recipe book for each host family, the boys proceeded to bring those dishes to life for their visitors, providing a three course dinner for the families - somewhat turning things on their head for an evening!
The event was a great success in giving the players another piece of the jigsaw in becoming well-rounded, independent adults with the life skills necessary to thrive.
The relationship between the boys, their host family and the Academy is a vital one in the boys’ journey. Looking after an aspiring footballer can be challenging and our host families do a remarkable job of ensuring that the boys have an environment to go home to each day where they feel safe, cared for and supported.
So a big thank you must go to each of our host families. And we look forward to the next event for the host families of our schoolboys in the coming weeks!
Are you interested in becoming a host family?
Reading Football Club are always looking for local households interested in hosting young Academy players living away from home.
Whether it’s just one night or a full season, please get in touch if you can accommodate one of our young players; we would love to hear from you.
As all our supporters are aware, an incredible number of aspiring Academy youngsters have gone on to play first team football for Reading and the help of host families cannot be understated in assisting them on that journey.
Distance and Travel
Younger players will need to be based close to The Forest School, Winnersh. Older players can be located anywhere within Reading and the surrounding area. All travel requirements will be managed by the Club.
Payment and Expenses
Payment will be made on a monthly basis, this includes a provision for healthy meals and laundry. The Club recognises the commitment of every household in providing a warm and safe environment and in return will offer full support and guidance at all times.
All members of the household, aged 16 years and above, will be required to apply for an online Enhanced DBS check. Please note players will only be placed with host families subject to satisfactory clearance.
If you think you can help, or require more information, please contact Karen Dighton on 0118 907 2338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.