On Saturday, Reading Football Club will come together to celebrate all the all-too-often unsung work that is done by our Community Trust on a daily basis.
Our Community Trust is a registered charity representing Reading Football Club within local communities in and around the Thames Valley area and further afield. And by using this weekend's fixture against Hull City as our official Community Trust Day, the club aim to help raise awareness of all that goes on within the local community, under the four main pillars of Health, Community Cohesion/Social Inclusion, Education and Sports Participation.
On the 4G surface behind the Indoor Training Dome, fans are welcome to come and watch Caversham AFC and representatives from our Girls Development and Advanced Centres training on one half of the pitch.
On the other half of the pitch, we welcome BCA Wildcats, CFP Newbury, Barton Rovers and Marlow Inclusive who will be playing small-sided games. Action kicks off at midday and will run until approximately 2pm.
At 12.30pm, the Fun Zone will be operational, where all ages can test themselves in the Speed Cage. Berkshire Vision will be hosting a game of blind football – please pay their stand a visit and see all the good work that is done for the partially sighted in football.
Reading Family Forum will also be represented at the Fun Zone as are STAR – big supporters of our Trust for a number of years now!
Meanwhile, on board ‘The Royal Bus’ our Trust coaches will be showcasing the ‘Primary Stars’ programme – there will be a combination of reading books to delve into and board games to play pre-match!
Our matchday mascots on Saturday afternoon will all be children who are in care and with whom our Community Trust work closely.
And 15 of the girls who will have played in the 4G session earlier in the day will be joined by 15 more who took part in the disabilty session on the 4G to form a guard of honour for the players in Saturday's 'Starting Line Up'.
The afternoon's mascots are also set to join our first team in wearing warm-up t-shirts promoting the Community Trust.
Half-time will see the return of our penalty shootout on the pitch, with young budding footballers given the chance to score a goal on the hallowed Madejski turf.
And we will stage two presentations pitchside too. STAR will present the Trust with a cheque for sponsorship of our deaf team, the third year our supporters group have sponsored the side! Then a second presentation will recognise our commitment to the Berks and Bucks FA disability pledge project and advertising disability football in the area.
In the 1871 Suite, we are welcoming representatives from the Premier League Charitable Fund, EFL Trust, Berks & Bucks FA, Wembley Fund, Wokingham District Council, Reading Borough Council, Reading Borough Council Youth Offending, Places for People, Berkshire College of Agriculture, Northern House, Cranbury College, Active Learning, Caversham AFC, The PFA, and Nine Mile Ride School as our Community Trust guests.
And while on all matchdays, the Trust deliver the Golden Gamble activity and look after matchday mascots to raise additional funds for the work it delivers across the county and beyond, this weekend there will also be Trust volunteers dotted around the concourses and outside the bowl asking for any spare change supporters can spare to help raise funds for the Trust work we do. So please donate what you can.