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Reading progressing well
 Women's Football News 21 Feb 2008
Reading FC Director Of Women's Football Lee Herron is delighted with how their season has gone so far.
Both the club's first team and reserves have done exceptionally well and, after winning promotion last season, the first team are on course for another excellent season in the South West Combination.
Lee said: "Things have been fantastic. We've had an excellent first part of the season, and are currently top with six games to go. Now the next step is to keep this way of playing in the final matches of the year.
"Considering the senior team has only been together for two years now, the rise has been very impressive. We're attracting players from all over, not just the local area, and players have come to us from Arsenal and Chelsea who have a proven track record in producing talented players, which we think is an indication that we're doing the right things.
"The team has evolved a fair amount since we began, and our Centre Of Excellence has played a major role. Two of the players who came through there are England under-17 internationals.
"All of the players have shown fantastic dedication and a desire to push the team on. Everybody has contributed, and the ability to help each other out is the beauty of our team.
"We're blessed with a quality coaching setup as well, with Frank Rodgriquez heading up the first time, and Mark Allen & Allan Manners alongside him. For the reserves we have Michael Butcher and Craig Drummond, and they've laid the foundation for our work ethic, quality and desire to succeed.
"As I mentioned, the Centre Of Excellence is vital to our success, and to sustaining the game. There are elite players coming through, those looking for avenues to play. We want them to play for us, in our system, for as long as possible, but even if they go on elsewhere we like to think we're contributing to the game as a whole. We say to our girls that each time they play they are ambassadors for the women's game. It's important they understand how much they can contribute.
"The game does not have a big profile, so people don't see the quality, and it's vital we do things right. The game will continue to develop, and with that comes a more attractive proposition in terms of sponsors and raising participation. The Academy Of Football Studies course begins this year at the John Madejski Academy, and that will certainly add another string to our bow.
As we've advertised, we want as many girls as possible to think about taking part. It gives them a great opportunity to play, but maintain their education as well, which is vital. With this course, it helps keep girls in our system, and helps bridge a gap between the centre of excellence and the first team."
If girls wish to participate in football with Reading, contact their Community Trust on community@readingfc.co.uk or (0118) 968 1415.

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