As always, Reading Football Club has been active in the community we serve in February. Here's a taste of the variety of activities we have been up to recently...
500 young Royals attend Villa match through Group Ticketing and Grassroots Scheme
At the start of the month, we welcomed more than 500 young supporters to Madejski Stadium as part of our Group Ticketing and Grassroots Scheme, with Aston Villa the opponents on the day.
Over the course of the 2018-19 campaign, we have welcomed families from 68 different local schools and football clubs at Royals matches this season using the scheme – which enables you to buy match tickets at discounted rates, while raising funds for your organisation at the same time.
And the Eamonn Dolan Stand was filled with more than 500 young Royals from the local area, who were backing the boys and making plenty of noise.
If you are a school or local Club representative and would like more information on how to join the Scheme, please contact Jess Hammant-Cracknell by phoning 0118 968 1313 (option 3) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
University side celebrate 50-year reunion in RG2
In the 1968-69 football season, the University of Reading’s football first team had one of its most successful campaigns, reaching the semi-final of the national Universities' Athletic Union (UAU) championship. 50 years on, members of that squad were reunited at Madejski Stadium at our game against Aston Villa at the start of February.
For the 50th anniversary of one of Reading University’s biggest matches, Sid Forrest, goalkeeper and captain of the 1968-69 football team, organised a reunion for the squad of the day.
With fantastic help from the University’s Alumni Office, Sid tracked down another 11 members of the first team squad, several of whom are also Reading graduates. Sid has been living in the USA since 2002 and travelled from Pennsylvania for the reunion, while others came from far and wide across the UK.
Most of the players, who attended with members of their families, have not seen each other since graduation – so nostalgia and reminiscing was the order of the day. We hope that everyone enjoyed their time together in each other’s company back in Reading.
Network My Club team up with Royals
Reading Football Club were delighted to announce an exciting new partnership and an excellent opportunity for local businesses.
Partnering with Network My Club, and in conjunction with The Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, we are set to launch the Network Royals Business Club - the Royals’ new business networking group.
Launching in April 2019, Network Royals will bring together the most progressive and forward-thinking businesses from Reading, the county of Berkshire and the Thames Valley area through quality monthly networking events at Madejski Stadium, whilst providing a host of exclusive member benefits and opportunities.
To register your interest, learn more about the business club, including an early bird joining offer for businesses, and keep up to date regarding the inaugural networking event scheduled for Friday 26th April 2019, click here.
Total Communication make Deaf Team donation
At our first-team fixture against Blackburn Rovers in mid-February, 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.
Judith Hutchinson, Managing Director at Total Communication, added: “Working with 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.
Royal Bus heads to Mothercare
It is said that, on average, a football fan has found their ‘team for life’ by the time that they reach primary school.
In that case, Kingsley and our Community Trust have gone a long way to fostering lifelong Royals supporters last week as they took The Royal Bus to Mothercare in Reading.
But the bus also makes its way onto the road and to events in our local community, too. In November, a girls’ football tournament at Crosfields School saw The Royal Bus bringing some extra entertainment to the sidelines of a fun festival of football.
The Royal Bus will be back out in the local community again soon; make sure you follow @RFCCommunity on Twitter for more information about upcoming events in your area.
Community Trust keeping kids active with Half Term fun
Schools may have wound down for a week during the half-term break, but it was all systems go for our Community Trust – who were out and about all over the local area.
Across Wokingham, Thatcham and Woodley, the Trust’s well-known Soccer Schools have been in full flow with over 250 children in attendance altogether.
However, it’s not just a full day of football that they get. There has even been a number of surprise visits from some very recognisable first-team players.
At Bohunt School in Wokingham, first team defender, Chris Gunter and Women’s team player, Georgia Clifford were both in attendance at a Soccer School session on Tuesday to take questions and have photos with all the attendees.
All in all, our Community Trust has engaged with over 600 children during the half-term break.
To find our more about the amazing work that our Trust does and how you can get involved, click here.
O'Shea and McShane enlighten audience at FPA event
Reading centre-half duo John O’Shea and Paul McShane were guest interviewees in a fun-filled evening at the Royal British Legion in Tilehurst, with former club captain Ady Williams compering the event.
The event was organised by the Reading FC Former Players’ Association – but of course featured two of our current crop, who were involved in our squad last time out against Rotherham United.
With a trio of central defenders taking up the stage, it was an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane and share anecdotes from outstanding playing careers for club and country.
There were 160 Royals supporters in attendance, and the Q&A was opened to the floor for our fans to quiz the boys on their career too.
A big thank you to all who attended and made it a great night.
We will keep up our involvement in the community in March, connecting our town and doing our bit to bring the football club to its supporters.