Our limited edition red kit for charity has certainly been well-received by Reading supporters, but some of our Academy youngsters got a special surprise at the weekend.
Our Under-9 and Under-11 squads took on Southampton at the weekend, where they were able to don the limited edition strip for Comic Relief.
The one-off kit seemed to bring good luck, with both squads putting in strong performances where lots of exciting football was played.
The boys arrived at Hogwood expecting to wear the blue and white hoops, but were surprised when they walked into the dressing room to find the colours of red and gold hanging from the pegs. All parents were contacted to let them know of the surprise, and all made donations towards the kits in support of Comic Relief.
Before kick-off, there was time for team photos with red noses, with a few staff even wearing their own kit for the occasion.
Following the full-time whistle, there were lots of smiles on faces as the boys left Hogwood in their new kits - albeit a bit more muddy than when they kicked off.
Lead Foundation Phase Coach, Jamie Greenwood said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to join both our men's and women’s first teams in wearing the kits in support of Red Nose Day.
"This was not only a joyous occasion for our boys with lots of excitement, but also an opportunity to educate our youngest players about the importance of charitable work.
"Here at the Academy, we have a wider education programme that spans further than the football pitch and developing experiences that not only develop players but also people - that's at the heart of everything we do.
"Both players and parents did a fantastic job in raising money in support of Comic Relief and the happiness and effort on display made for a great day of football for all.”