Today marks the start of a new partnership with Reading Football Club as their chosen charity for the next season! This season is extra special as Reading Football Club were founded in 1871 and No5 began life as an organisation in 1971 – so while they honour their 150th anniversary next season, No5 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the very same year.
50 years ago, when No5 was starting up, Reading finished in 16th place in Division Four of the Football League – behind Southport, Workington and fourth tier title-winners Grimsby Town, two division below Oxford United and Swindon Town. We have come quite a way since.
And during the last 50 years, No5 has also grown immeasurably – evolving its services to meet the changing needs of local children and young people. Importantly that change has been made by listening to young people via its network of young people in the form of its Young Ambassadors Scheme.
Across 2021-22, Reading Football Club and its fans will be there to support No5 and the excellent work we do within our local community on a daily basis. We are looking forward to engaging with all involved with Reading Football Club throughout our partnership!
During the partnership, No5 and Reading Football Club will work together to highlight the importance of mental wellbeing, raise awareness of the issues mental health can cause and most importantly signpost young people to the support mechanisms in place to intervene and address those issues.
The partnership is also designed to help raise vital funds for the fabulous work undertaken by No5 thanks in part to auctions, matchday collections and fan fundraising appeals or initiatives as well as through events in the 150th anniversary calendar Reading Football Club hope to deliver to supporters during their 150th anniversary campaign.