Academy Ground: Hogwood Park, Park Lane, Finchampstead, Berkshire. RG40


Academy Director/Manager:                         Ged Roddy MBE – Academy Manager


First Team Players:                                              Reading First Team


Academy Team Players:                                     Reading Under-23’s Team

                                                                               Reading Under-18’s Team


Ladies Team Players:                                            Reading Ladies Team


Reading Fan Club:                                                Reading Fan Club


The Academy:

The Reading academy doesn’t rely so heavily in sourcing great players, but instead using their fantastic choice of coaches to help mould players into great footballers. The academy also works hard to educate the players off the pitch about the game which is something we agree can massively help a player improve.

Reading have also created some fine footballers in the modern day, examples include Shane Long, Robson-Kanu and Gylfi Sigurdsson. These are all players that have impressed on the big stage and at times carried their clubs to victories. At our academy we teach that this is possible for every footballer we take on that has dedication and ability.


Academy Status: Reading are a Category 1 status academy

Category Status One Teams

Category Status Two Teams

Category Status Three Teams


Academy Staff:

Academy Manager Ged Roddy was very appreciative of his appointment at the start of 2018 and was influential in getting Reading’s category one title. Roddy said that he wants to continue the good work of past academy managers and continue to develop home-grown players at the club. Roddy was awarded an MBE for contribution to sport (Football) in 2000 and there’s a reason why he has experience at working in English football.
Under-23’s manager Scott Marshall comes from a long line of sporting greats, with his father being an ex-goalkeeper for Hearts and his brother playing for Celtic. Marshall also had a flourishing career himself having played alongside the Arsenal defenders Martin Keown and Steve Bould he has arguably played in the most difficult of football era’s and has a lot to pass onto these young budding players. 


How to get noticed by a scout

Generally, premier league clubs are closely following open trials as a way of pinpointing the newest talent, as well as having a vast network of scouts across the UK. Scouts are often preferential over structured leagues or with players of a high standard, playing together. This is one thing that FootieBugs academy can offer through our weekly training sessions and games against local teams managed by professional coaches. Because we cover a range of age groups at U6’s-U14’s we have a high demand for young upcoming talent and receive frequent scouts visiting our training sessions and matches. Due to the professional coaches we have available that have all played at a high level, we are able to distinguish which players are leagues above in terms of skill and can refer them onto Premier League clubs.



“If you’re good enough, generally they’ll find you.”



Academy Scouting System:

After a scout has seen a player, they will usually contact them and invite them to a trial day, otherwise the more common method of finding talents from all over are through football trial days and football camps. FootieBugs goes the extra mile in making your job easier as a parent and a young footballer. With our focused training sessions, the FootieBugs Academy will try it’s best to match your ability with a club who will nurture your talent . We will shape a football player into a footballer, by working on improving the child’s overall game and their image to scouts at Premier League Clubs.

This is where the FootieBugs Academy thrives, not only will FootieBugs look to put players forward to Reading when they feel they are ready, but FootieBugs will also ensure Reading will be fully aware of what training each player will have received from the FootieBugs Academy and why the player has shown enough (Footballing skill as well as dedication and attitude) to be worthy of a trial.


If you feel your child shows promise and would like us to help them reach the level for us to recommend them to the Reading scouting network then please complete the following form:

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Academy trials

As you can imagine, a large number of young football players would like to join the Reading Academy set up and with clubs like Reading receiving trial requests all the time it’s very difficult to get noticed.

FootieBugs Academy believes that with correct training and dedication we can dramatically increase your chances of getting a trial with the Reading Academy.

Once a player reaches the standards that a club of Reading’s stature would expect then the FootieBugs team will do everything in its powers to introduce the player to the relevant Reading scout. 




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FootieBugs Academy FAQ’s

The FootieBugs Academy is an independent organization and not part of any specific football club. This allows us to offer an honest and fair view of any players’ ability and suitability to join a professional Football Club. Although we will do everything in our power to help young players develop, we are unable to guarantee every player a trial. If you are looking for official club information then please visit the club’s official website as we can-not guarantee that all information is correct and up to date at the time of reading.

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