Reading Football Club actively embraces inclusivity, diversity and equality. Football is for everyone.
And we are delighted to be lending our support to this year’s Reading Pride event on Saturday 31st August.
Reading Pride was formed in 2003 to represent and support the local LGBT+ community. Since the first festival, attendance has grown and now approximately 15,000 people visit the event throughout the day, with up to 1,500 taking part in the parade in town.
The aim of the Reading Pride event is to promote equality and diversity, advance education and eliminate prejudice, particularly in relation to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and associated communities (collectively known as ‘LGBT+’) within the Reading area and beyond.
This year at Pride, Reading Football Club will join forces with Berks & Bucks FA and Support U - a leading LGBT+ help and support service based in the South East of England - to help to raise awareness of issues affecting those communities.
Based in Castle Street, Support U is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who delivering help and support via their website, telephone helpline and face-to-face sessions.
Reading Pride's annual parade and festival returns for its sixteenth year on Saturday 31st August 2019 at King's Meadow. The festival kicks off when the parade arrives at 12noon, with a full line-up of entertainment scheduled throughout the day alongside a funfair and a wide range of food, drink and market stalls.
Club staff and coaches from the Reading FC Community Trust will be present at the festival, alongside staff from Berks & Bucks FA, engaging with the local community and demonstrating that Football is For All.
A penalty-taking competition will be available for all to take part in, between 12noon and 3pm, as we promote LGBT+ inclusion at every level within football - as a fan, as a player, as a coach or as anyone who works within the industry.
We hope to also deliver the message that the matchday experience at Madejski Stadium is designed to be a fully-inclusive one and we hope to work with Support U throughout the course of the season and beyond to make football-loving LGBT+ fans feel at home when they come and support the Royals.