SIR JOHN Madejski has launched a new annual scholarship today, in order to give underprivileged children in Berkshire a year's worth of expert tuition.

The Sir John Madejski Scholarship will provide children with the needed additional professional help, through its partnership with Marie Redmond Tuition.

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The centre, based in Winnersh, intends to let the students gain the skills and confidence needed in education and in everyday life.

The philanthropist and former owner of Reading FC said he was inspired to start this scholarship after spending time as a child in a children's home.

Sir Madejski said: “Every child has a right to equal education opportunities and it’s very important that we do what is needed to ensure that those from disadvantaged backgrounds can overcome the substantial barriers they face.

“I am a great admirer of Marie Redmond’s work and her personal passion for academic success in young people.

“The fact that Marie’s expertise is now available to children in Reading provides a great opportunity for parents who can see potential in their children that needs some extra help to be fulfilled.

“I am delighted to make that possible through the scholarship to what I hope will be a succession of children in similar circumstances.”

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Sir John Madejski launching the John Madejski Scholarship with Marie Redmond, from Marie Redmon Tuition.

Sir John Madejski launching the John Madejski Scholarship with Marie Redmond, from Marie Redmon Tuition.

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Ms Marie Redmond said: “Sir John is one of the world’s inspirational people and his enthusiasm for what we do is really heartening.

“I am hugely grateful to him for supporting us with this new scholarship – it has real potential to change the lives of disadvantaged children.

“Every child has potential but what many need is extra help with their core skills. If we can boost their knowledge and skills for the 11 Plus exams, this will usually remain with them for life.”

For more information about the scholarship visit or call 0149 4956 809.