When Reading Football Club released a limited edition red kit in support of today, Red Nose Day, demand was extremely high!
Loyal supporters snapped up a special Comic Relief shirt and football fans took the opportunity to donate to a very worthy cause and sport the red of the Royals.
Comic Relief has invested more than £1 billion since its inception in 1985, supporting vulnerable people and communities in the UK and overseas. And proceeds from the sale of this red Royals kit will go directly to the charity to support mental health, disease and famine, gender equality and education of young people both internationally and at home.
The red strip has also had an impact at grassroots level thanks to local side Arborfield Aces. The East Berks Football Alliance club purchased a number of kits for some of their young players when they went on sale at the start of the month - and they have already been worn in competitive action!
The Aces’ Under-9s, who normally play in red and black, wore their shirts in a thrilling away win against Reading City last weekend. So, thanks to this initiative, the Reading crest is now proudly being worn by young budding footballers of the future learning their trade within kicking distance of our Hogwood Park training ground.
Club Chairman, Martin Prodger, not only donated to Comic Relief in the purchase of kit for some of his Aces players, but the club have also been inspired to raise a total of more than £700 to support Red Nose Day through other fundraising activities.
Formed in 2014, Arborfield Aces run teams in three ages groups - Under-13s, Under-9s and Under-7s - all playing within the East Berks Football Alliance. And on Sundays the club holds its 'Mini Aces' training sessions for children between the ages of 4-6 years old come to learn the basics and burn off some energy!
Their home is within the old Arborfield Garrison but, during the winter months, they train at the floodlit 3G facility at Bohunt School. The club is a mixture of both girls and boys who play together for their respective age groups.
One of the club’s Under-7s squad and two of the Under-9s squad also recently attended a Reading Football Club Community Trust training camp during a school break and train weekly with the Royals as part of our Academy’s Development squad. So we have a new generation of Royals supporters coming through the Aces’ ranks.
Reading Football Club would like to thank everyone for their support of Comic Relief this year and congratulate all the Aces players on the funds they have raised for a very good cause. We wish you well wearing the Royals crest and look forward to welcoming you to Madejski Stadium for our last game of the season when the two younger squads are due to take part in a matchday experience when José Gomes’ side take on Birmingham City in RG2.
Supporters wishing to make a contribution to Red Nose Day, helping their work around the world and in the UK can head to donation.comicrelief.com to make donations.