At our first-team fixture against Blackburn Rovers last week, our Community Trust were presented with a generous donation of £2,500 from Total Communication – sponsors of the Reading FC Deaf Team.
Since the establishment of Reading FC Deaf in 2013, Total Communication have been there in support. From the very beginning, they have provided interpreters for coaches at training sessions and matches to ensure that those all-important messages get across to our players loud and clear.
That’s a big commitment, such has been the growth of the team. They now play around 30 matches per season across five different competitions, and Total Communication are there at every game and for every training session.
They have also helped in player recruitment too – they advertise training sessions and trials to the deaf community, ensuring that opportunities are made available in hard-to-reach areas.
And Total Communication’s role extends beyond the Deaf Team players; the Reading-based company have provided training workshops around deaf awareness for our Community Trust staff, as well as other Disability Officers within the EFL network.
Part of their support for Reading FC Deaf is through fundraising events. Along with Supporters’ Trust at Reading (STAR), they have been the team’s sponsor for the past two seasons. And at the game against Rovers, the cheque was handed over to Disability Officer Dan Rook during our half-time interval, ensuring that the Deaf Team stays connected.
Dan Rook, Disability Officer at Reading FC Community Trust, said: “It’s great to have Total Communication as one of the sponsors for our Deaf team. Their kind donation allows us to continue the work we do within the deaf community of Reading. It also allows us to continue to take the team up and down the country representing Reading FC in various competitions including the FA People’s Cup.
“I would like to thank them for all their continued support to the team and I look forward to continuing our successful partnership in the future.”
Judith Hutchinson, Managing Director at Total Communication, added: “Working with the Dan Rook and Craig Peters at Reading FC Community Trust is such a pleasure. The team at Total Communication are so proud of what we have achieved together and equally proud of our team of fabulous individuals.
“It has been an amazing few years and we just continue to get stronger so who know what the future may hold for Reading Deaf FC.”
For more information about Total Communication, visit www.totalcommteam.com.