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Reading Football Club offer 1,000 free tickets to NHS workers

Picture credits: Reading FC

Reading Football Club have followed Brighton & Hove Albion and AFC Bournemouth in providing at least 1,000 free tickets to frontline health workers.

The Royals have also become the first English Football League club to offer the free tickets too.

It follows a 'pass-the-baton' approach, which saw Brighton launch the initiative and then nominate a club of their choice (AFC Bournemouth) to follow suit.

Bournemouth's chairman Jeff Mostyn then chose Reading FC as a result.

Nigel Howe, Chief Executive at Reading Football Club, said:

“This is when community matters.

"As and when football resumes, our turnstiles will be very much open to any frontline NHS worker who helped fight to save lives in such difficult circumstances.

"We are delighted to match this gesture, which started on the south coast with Brighton and Bournemouth but will hopefully stretch to all corners of the United Kingdom - and we will gladly pass the baton to another club and encourage the football family to come together to reward those who are sacrificing so much in the battle against this global pandemic.

(At least 1,000 NHS workers will be heading to the Madejski Stadium for free when the football returns. Picture credits: Reading FC)

"Full details of how the tickets will get directly into the hands of those NHS key workers will be announced in due course and this will start to take shape once we know a little more clearly when to expect football to restart for fans in the stands.

"For now though, the best way we can help our NHS staff, is by staying at home in a bid to save lives."

The news follows last night's 'Clap For Our Carers' in recognition of health workers across the UK.

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