Tom McIntyre was on hand to open a brand new 3G pitch at The Emmbrook School last week - a state-of-the-art playing surface that will enable football to be played year-round in the local area.
Our centre-back, a local lad himself, went along to be a part of the ceremonial proceedings as Deputy Mayor of Wokingham, Cllr Malcolm Richards did the honours and officially opened the new pitch.
The funding for the pitch saw a variety of contributors come together - with the Premier League, FA, Football Foundation and Wokingham Borough Council combining for a total investment exceeding £800,000 being put into the local area.
Use of the pitch will be available for Emmbrook School students to use as well as local football clubs, with the pitch's design meaning it is able to be used year-round and won't show the signs of wear associated with natural turf pitches.
The Reading FC Community Trust are a partner of Emmbrook School, with the brand-new facilities available for use for the Trust's popular Soccer Schools - the first of which taking place on the new pitch in February half term.
Click the link in the tweet below to find out more about dates and booking details. Meanwhile, click on the video above to see what happened on Tom's visit to Emmbrook.
Our popular soccer school at the dome is sold out. Still places on other venues!— Reading FC Community (@RFCCommunity) January 24, 2020
Our courses are avaliable to book online at: https://t.co/KwA82k7y7d…#Readingfc #royals #soccerschools #football #holidayclub #multisports pic.twitter.com/jm42CZWMzv