Reading girls need Anton Zingarevich cashBy David Wright
February 24, 2012
Reading FC’s girls academy are hoping that some of new Russian owner Anton Zingarevich’s cash will come their way.
Having been among 30 centres to lose their licence, they no longer receive financial support from the FA, putting the academy’s future in some doubt.
The parent of one of the current scholars told me: “The academy is only staying alive because of the brilliant staff and goodwill of the parents.
“The academy needs £9,500 to stay afloat this season and we are hoping that some of the Russian’s cash will be put our way.
“It would be a crying shame if the school of excellence folded because every age group has so much talent and a desire to succeed.”
Several former scholars have gone on to gain international honours and club success with Reading in the Premier League.
And the side led by Kelly Chambers continue their defence of the Berks and Bucks Women’s Cup when they take on Southern Premier League side Woodley United in the semi-finals at Berks County Sports Ground in Sonning Lane on Sunday (1.30pm).
Reading will be looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat by West Bromwich-based Sporting Club Albion in the FA Women’s Cup last weekend.
Royals have been hit by departures and even a pregnancy and no longer have first call on leading scorer Nikki Watts, as she has joined Women’s Super League club Bristol Academy.
Their season starts next month, but Watts is hoping to play for Royals when not required by Bristol.
Reading are holding trials for girls aged 16 to 19 (year 11) at the John Madejski Academy next Tuesday, starting at 5pm.