Club News Oct/Nov 2013


The club is now back training at Millworth Lane and I am pleased to report that we have had a strong start to the season across all age groups.

I’d like to mention the two girls teams specifically (U10 and U14), as they have managed to produce some fabulous results with some extraordinary individual and team performances.  Well done to you all.

As part of our Community Inclusion Strategy, Shinfield Rangers FC (this programme is run by Matt Minnis) will be starting the football skills school for children who attend Shinfield Infants & Nursery school on Wednesday October 16th. This programme is fully funded by Shinfield Rangers FC and will continue for four weeks and then we will be offering places to all attendees of this course with Shinfield Rangers’ new U7 and U8 squads.  We have put coaching and financial resources in place for 6 new teams for these age groups (boys and girls) and I can now confirm the reduced fees for these age groups with those children’s parents who register with the school.

Please note that the skills school for older children (Year 3 upwards) will start in January, again with Matt Minnis running the courses.  As part of this process of working more closely with the community I would like to thank the Headteacher and staff at Shinfield Junior school in assisting us with additional pitch space for this and future seasons and we’re looking forward to reworking the school pitches to get them into the same excellent condition as Millworth Lane.  As the Club grows, so does the need for resources and it is gratifying that the local schools think so highly of the club.

To this end, we will be hosting the second annual Shinfield Cup inter-schools tournament at Millworth Lane in November over 2 days – dates to be confirmed soon, but details may be obtained from Matt Lappin at the Junior School.

The Club continues to develop further on the coaching side and our first qualified FA Level 2 and Youth Module 2 coaches will graduate over the next few weeks.  The FA referee programme is also working well and we have another 8 children (14 and upwards) who will be attending the referee courses over the coming weeks.

It’s been a busy start to the season and I anticipate it will get busier still, especially as we now move into our third year as a Reading FC Partnership Club.

Can’t wait to write the report for next month…..major announcements may (or may not !) be made regarding our link up with a couple of rather well known European Clubs

James A. Roth-Chairman