Reading Raiders Rugby League Football Club are the only open-age Rugby League club in Berkshire.
Formed in 2016 by local Rugby League enthusiasts, who were surprised to find such a large and significant area of England without an RL presence, the Club played a handful of friendly games in its inaugural season.
The Club created the Kennet Cup competition in 2016 – a trophy fought for between Reading and local rivals, Swindon St George with the intention of being played annually. Swindon narrowly won the first year’s competition over two legs.
In 2017, Reading joined the invitational London & South East Championship League and finished a creditable 5th place out of the 12 competing clubs, narrowly missing out on a play-off position.
The Raiders will compete in the London Merit League in 2018 unless it receives enough sponsorship money by the end of March to enter the weekly West of England League.
Hosting games in Reading is the biggest expense we encounter and without enough money to confidently host 5-6 games, we will be unable to compete in the West of England League which has been our ambition since forming. After two years of building, we feel ready to make the step up but are currently missing the crucial component: the money.
Should we not raise enough before mid-March, we will compete in the London Merit League and will be restricted by budget as to how many home games we can play. We don't want the momentum we have built up to fade with players less enthused due to not being in a weekly. Please play your part in keeping Rugby League thriving in Reading.