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Football stadium visit for young players

A group of young footballers had a memorable day attending the Reading vs Preston North End game.

The U’16 inclusive team, who were set up by Slough Borough Council’s Active Slough department, were given a unique match day experience by Reading FC’s Community Trust.   

Representing Slough Town FC in the Rebels’ iconic amber strip, the team started their day playing in a friendly fixture versus Barton Rovers, with Damian Breslin and Brandon Darlow on the scoresheet. In only their second game as a team, the players performed admirably against more experienced opposition, defenders Ben Pearton-Howell and Owen Butler putting in man of the match performances.

At the game in mid-October, they were then invited on to the Madejski Stadium pitch for pre-match presentations, before witnessing a last minute winner for the Royals to move them out of the relegation area.

For six of the players this was their first ever experience of attending a professional game, certainly something that will live long in the memory.   

If you know any young people aged 12-16 with a learning and/or physical disability who would like to play football, weekly sessions take place at Arbour Park on Tuesdays between 5pm and 6pm.

For more information call Ciaran Crean on 01753 875784 or email Ciaran.crean@slough.gov.uk

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