READING Royals Futsal club has announced a partnership with prominent French club ACCS Futsal.

Since forming in 2013, Reading Royals Futsal Club has established itself as a model club in the development of English futsal.

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With teams competing at various age groups, starting at U8 all the way to adult first team, the club has formed a successful player pathway, as seen through their league championship win last season, with numerous first team players coming through the ranks.

Fernando Silva, the chairman of Reading Royals, said: "We are aware of the steps ACCS has taken over the years to build their club and the sport in general.

"Having spoken with their head of International Projects in great length, we were honoured in being recognised as a partner to help grow futsal.

"This partnership will mean the world for our club to be associated with ACCS, and we hope to see our players and coaches benefit greatly from developing our links with a professional team.

"We are excited to see how this partnership will develop."

ACCS President, Sami Sellami, described the importance of the partnership: “Futsal has been changing for quite a while, and it has become imperative that clubs adapt quickly.

"Only within the past year has ACCS decided to take a lead in the futsal world and show that clubs from emerging futsal countries like France and England can compete at the highest level.

"We are very excited in choosing Reading Royals as our first Global partner, and hope to help boost the development of futsal internationally and in our respective countries.

"The Reading Royals team shares our vision and goal, and we look forward to working with them."

The partnership will provide a number of advantages for both clubs, and will be branched out to Academy, Women’s and Men’s teams, with the sharing of experience and knowledge amongst many of the benefits.

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Despite the recent events of COVID-19 affecting all grassroots and professional sports, there is a lot to be enthusiastic about as ACCS welcomes Velasco, Ricardinho, Ortiz and others within the next few months.