Reading FC’s Head of Operations and HR, Jackie Evans, has been awarded Southern Region’s Women of Achievement Award in the Women in Sport category, at the recent Sue Ryder Awards, which took place at Madejski Stadium.
During 2018 she was instrumental with the club receiving two awards from the English Football League (EFL), one for Gold Award Winners for Family Excellence, when EFL Clubs receive two ‘mystery family’ visits throughout the season, with their feedback and reports determining whether each respective club would achieve ‘Family Excellence’ status.
The Royals are among a select group of just seven clubs who have achieved the honour every year they have been eligible.
Jackie has been instrumental in several events this season, Reading FC hosted thousands of young people from local schools for a huge school lesson on World Mental Health Day.
And through the year many other events such as, A Remembrance Weekend in recognition of the 100 years of Armistice, Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan’s Cancer Support, recognition of International Women’s Day when Reading Football Club wanted to embrace the theme and demonstrate how vital a part women currently play within an historically male-dominated sport, at a club which has long embraced equality and promoted inclusion and opportunity for all.
Jackie has been key in implementing these events and many more at the club not just throughout the past year, but since being an employee and over her time at the club, she has also been instrumental in liaison with event organisers for the Reading Half Marathon, and has indeed run many of them herself - raising money for charities.
Congratulations to Jackie on this fantastic achievement and gaining this level of recognition after more than 20 years of service to Reading FC.