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The Reading and West Berks League (RWBL) was founded in 2012 following a number of consultations between the Berks and Bucks FA, the South Chiltern Minor League (SCML) and local clubs in both Reading and West Berkshire. In general, it was agreed that West Berkshire in particular was under served by local leagues based in the Berks and Bucks County. At the same time the FA was rolling out its vision of a Youth Development Review, which sort to address and introduce a new vision of Player Pathways. Other findings of the Consultations were that there was a need to re-introduce a Home and Away format on a Sunday so that Clubs could utilise their own pitch facilities to help lower the costs of running development football for the youngest age groups.

As we start our fourth season we continue to grow from strength to strength. The 2016/17 season will see us with age groups from U7- U11 and this season for the first time we are running a competitive age group U18, which is a three-year age band with ages U16 – U17. The age group had previously been run by our sister league the SCML but for the first time given the undoubted success of the RWBL we have amalgamated the SCML into the RWBL.

As a Charter Standard League the RWBL is open to all clubs within a 15 mile boundary of Reading or a 15 mile boundary of Newbury. Clubs that want to register should either have already attained Charter Standard Status or be planning to attain this status within one year.

Why should my club / team join the RWBL?

The League therefore runs U7s through to U11 and then U18 football on a Sunday with over 20 Clubs and over 100 teams.

The keynotes of the League are, we:

  • listen to our members Managers and Coaches at regular meetings and implement agreed activities;
  • keep Club registration and team subscriptions to a minimum;
  • minimise the league paperwork giving you more time to coach;
  • are the only Sunday League in Berkshire and Hampshire that runs Trophy events for all the younger age groups every year;
  • have a wide variety of levels of teams to play against but we try to make Football as equitable as possible and we start streaming teams from U9 onwards; and finally but not least
  •  like to be innovative, this season we are aiming to pilot Futsal for the U7s to U11s in the January/February period to overcome bad weather and keep the players playing.

All our meetings, our Presentation Day and the U18 Cup Final are held at the Madejski Stadium, Reading.  So easy access and Players get to experience the atmosphere of a premier stadium.

 

 

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