Reading FC’s Deaf Team have a chance to take top spot in the England Deaf Football South League this Sunday 10th March – a win over Peterborough United this weekend would put our side top of the pile with one match remaining.
The Deaf Team, which is run through Reading FC Community Trust, have gone from strength to strength and continue to provide fantastic opportunities to get involved in sport for local people with hearing impairments – and the players are improving all the time, which has led to excellent progress on the field too.
Our team will be hosting current leaders Peterborough at Ryeish Green Sports Hub at 1pm this Sunday, and any support from Royals fans would be very welcome on the day.
The side are supported by generous donations from Supporters’ Trust at Reading as well as Berkshire-based company Total Communication, who recently donated £2,500 to the team after their fundraising efforts as well as continuing to provide interpreters at training sessions and matches.
Reading FC Deaf are competing on many fronts this year; here are some further updates about their progress:
FA People’s Cup, First Round – Sunday 24th February
The team have again entered the BBC Get Inspired 5 a-side FA People’s Cup this year. Last season, the team made it through the rounds to reach the final group stage at St George’s Park and were finalists.
The team have entered into the Adult Male Disability Premiership category this season and the First Round took place at Middlesex FA, Rectory Park. There were four teams in the group, and the Royals came out as winners of the league and through to the Semi-Finals, which will take place weekend of 23rd/24th March.
South East FA Disability Cup – Sunday 3rd March
The team played in the Second Round of the South East FA Disability Cup at Cranford Community College, which was organised by London FA. The team played against three other teams in a round-robin 20-minute matches against St Albans Deaf, Northampton Town and Charlton Athletic Veterans Deaf.
The top two teams in the group would go through – and again, it was Reading who came out as winners of the group and will now compete in the Final Round of the competition.