Work continues apace at Bearwood Park – and slowly but surely, our Academy are moving across there.
The huge new site, boasting state-of-the-art facilities in a serene environment, is still a work in progress. Before too long, our first team will be calling it their home too as the prepare for their games.
And our Academy is already beginning to make use of the site and its lush pitches. This weekend, for the first time, competitive games will be contested at Bearwood for some of our younger age groups. Scores of talented young players will be honing their talents at Bearwood for years to come, with the ambition of following in the footsteps of those before by breaking into our senior team.
So it is only appropriate that we hosted our 2019-20 squad photos for our Under-18 and Under-23 teams at Bearwood, which will soon became the base from which they work.
Reading FC Under-23s 2019-20
Our Under-23 squad is led by Scott Marshall with the assistance of Mehmet Ali, and arrived for the team picture soon after defeating Swansea City by a 5-0 scoreline at Madejski Stadium in Premier League 2.
Back row (L-R): Femi Azeez, Roberto Nditi, Lexus Beeden, Ben House, Ethan Coleman, Oli Pendlebury.
Middle row (L-R): James Bittner, Michael English, Roberto Fung, Oli Harrington, Thierry Nevers, Adam Liddle, Liam Driscoll, Ramarni Medford-Smith, Jack Nolan, Akinwale Odimayo, Carl Plunkett, Owen Lee, Dave Breakspear.
Front row (L-R): Tyler Frost, Conor Lawless, David Dodds, Mehmet Ali, Mark Bowen, Ged Roddy, Scott Marshall, Steve Cottrell, Ryan East, Marcel Elva-Fountaine.
Reading FC Under-18s 2019-20
Meanwhile our Under-18 team, jointly led by Michael Donaldson and Mikele Leigertwood, also defeated Swansea last weekend and continue to make progress in the U18 Premier League.
Back row (L-R): Malachi Talent Aryeetey, Lynford Sackey, Nelson Abbey, Augustus McGiff, Ethan Bristow, Oli Pendlebury, Josh Hewitt, Yaw Turkson.
Middle row (L-R): Paul Bailey, Aoife Healy, Chris Douglas, Ben Marks, Nahum Melvin-Lambert, Emmanuel Obamakinwa, Myles Roberts, James Holden, Harvey Collins, Coniah Boyce-Clarke, Jeriel Dorsett, Alfie Anderson, Dave Breakspear, Rob Shay, Harry Burford.
Front row (L-R): Conor Lawless, Thierry Nevers, Pedro Neves, Dejan Tetek, Michael Donaldson, Mark Bowen, Ged Roddy, Mikele Leigertwood, Jordan Hamilton, Claudio Osorio, Kian Leavy, Imari Samuels.
While neither team are yet to move to the new training ground full-time as yet, it was a reminder for those on site what they have to look forward to in the new year. A brilliant facility where they can begin to realise their dreams.