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GMB Sponsor Reading Town FC

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

GMB Southern Region To Sponsor Reading Town Football Club For 2013/14 Season

The club has a vision aimed at growing a community club and the club and the union share many values says GMB.

Reading Town FC and GMB are proud to announce that GMB Southern Region is the Club's main sponsor for the 2013-14 season.

Reading Town FC is based at Scours Lane Reading, Berkshire RG30 6AY. The Reading Town FC first team plays in the Unisport Hellenic Football League Premier Division.

The new season kicks off at 3 o'clock on 10th August with a home game against Thame United.

At the end of last season a majority share in the club was purchased by BWTUC Trading Ltd the trading arm of Battersea and Wandsworth Trades Union Council. BWTUC Trading Ltd held a 49% share in the club for some years.

Natalie Newby, board member Reading Town FC said “We welcome the support of GMB Southern Region and its members.

Joining me on the board of Reading Town FC are Spencer Barnshaw, a branch secretary from NUT, and Martin Smith from GMB, all of us from BWTUC Trading Ltd board, as we strive to build a community based football club.

We aim to build on the years of hard work by Roland Ford who has developed the club to what it is today.”

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB Senior Organiser, said “GMB are proud and pleased to support Reading Town FC.

The club is unique in the football world being owned by a trade union body.

The club has a vision aimed at growing a community club and the club and GMB share many values. We will encourage GMB members in Reading to attend the clubs matches, and hope that other trade unionists in the town will show their support as well.

A new reorganized branch in Reading will bring together GMB members working in local government, the health service, the utilities and private companies. GMB wants this branch to be firmly entrenched in the community and we hope to use the football club facilities to support branch activities.”


Contact Natalie Newby Reading Town FC 07771 706 601 or Kevin Brandstatter GMB on  07813 207 374.  GMB Press Office 07921 289 880

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