City to compete in 2019/20 FA Youth Cup

Reading City Football Club will again play in the FA Youth Cup thanks to our partnership with John Madejski Academy's Elite boys' football programme.

Thanks to our ongoing partnership with John Madejski Academy's Elite boys' football programme we are delighted to once again compete in the FA Youth Cup as Reading City Under 18s.

Our youngsters will enter the tournament at the First Round Qualifying Stage and will be looking to get to First Round Proper having missed out last season after being knocked out in the Third Round Qualifying.

Left to Right: JMA Development Coach Ben Cook, Reading City Chairman Martin Laws, JMA Director of Football Michael Butcher and First Team Manager Simon Johnson pictured on the launch of our partnership on the 3rd September 2018

Since we launched our partnership with JMA on the 3rd September 2018 many of their student's have been given the opportunity to play men's football by either featuring in our Under 23s team or First Team. As a result of this opportunity many of those who have come to play for Reading City Football Club from JMA have had international call ups and been spotted by other teams, often higher up the football pyramid.

Reading City Football Media and Public Relations Manager said the following:

"Here at Reading City Football Club we are very proud of our partnership with John Madejski Academy's Elite boys' football programme and has proved to be successful since launched in September 2018 giving local youngsters opportunities both on and off the football pitch.
JMA are always looking for ways to broaden their players opportunities and learning and this partnership continues to do just that, in the 10 months the partnership has existed a large number of students have featured for our Under 23s and First Team.
By giving them this experience of playing men's football we are given them experience to help them develop which has also lead to great opportunities for some including international call ups and interest from other clubs, sometimes higher up the football pyramid.
We thank JMA for their continued support and look forward to developing our strong relationship with them this season.
Our Under 18s had a fantastic run in the FA Youth Cup last season making it as far as the Third Round Qualifying and we are very proud of their achievements.
I look forward to seeing them compete again this year, fingers crossed they'll make the First Round Proper".

Our Under 18s will find out their FA Youth Cup Opponents on Friday 12th July with the draw being announced at 13:00, the fixture itself will be played week commencing Monday 16 September 2019.

Full details will be announced once confirmed.

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