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Academy Trials

The Club do not hold open trials but players are occasionally invited in for a six-week period.

If you would like a boy up to the age of 16 to be watched by Reading Football Club then please do the following:

Send in as much information about his playing career, including fixture list if they currently play for a club, to:

Recruitment Department
Reading FC
Madejski Stadium
Junction 11, M4

Players of all ages should email

Our Academy then may or may not send a scout to watch the boy.

As well as contacting the Recruitment Team with full details of a youngster's playing history, it is also possible for talented children to be spotted through our Football in the Community scheme.

If one of our coaches or scouts identifies a player at a soccer school or school club, they may be invited to spend time at one of our Development Centres, which are held throughout the region. From there, the most talented players can be invited to join the Academy's Elite Centre, which takes place at Madejski Stadium once a week for boys aged between 7-13, and successful graduates from the Elite Centre will be invited to a six-week trial to join their Academy age-group.

To recommend a player to the Recruitment Team, please send a letter with full details of the boy's playing history, along with details of forthcoming games, venues and kick-off times.