READING FC is launching a new networking initiative in an effort to 'build connections' in the community.

Partnering with Network My Club, the Network Royals Business Club is set to start in April.

It will bring together progressive and forward-thinking businesses from across Berkshire and the Thames Valley.

Nigel Howe, CEO of Reading FC, said: “Building connections with our town and its community is intrinsic to this club’s identity.

"This new partnership will help Reading FC directly engage with innovative local businesses, young and old, large and small, and play host to a wide variety of organisations aspiring to grow and succeed alongside its town.”

The scheme is running in conjunction with The Royal Berkshire Conference Centre and will see monthly networking events hosted at Madejski Stadium.

Bradley Hatchett, managing director of Network My Club, added: “We are delighted to team up with Reading FC to launch the Network Royals Business Club.

"The town of Reading and the surrounding area is rife with flourishing business communities, so Madejski Stadium provides a recognised, accessible and world class venue for us to bring together these businesses.”