A short while ago, Reading’s Chief Executive Ron Gourlay clarified the club’s links with its two sister clubs: KSV Roeselare (Belgium) and Beijing Renhe (China), hinting that the three could work together but being pretty vague on the detail. Over the weekend however, it was announced that Roeselare (owned by Dai Xiu Li) would be coming over to Reading for a short training period.
This comes from Dutch site Proximus 11 - as you can probably guess, our Dutch isn’t very good, but Google Translate calls the trip to Reading an ‘internship’. Whether that’s a bad translation or Roeselare’s squad are going on coffee runs every morning remains to be seen.
Although this isn’t huge news it’s still an interesting development between the two clubs. Besides generally speaking being a good way of boosting Reading-Roeselare relations, it’s great news for the Belgian side who get to use facilities which are presumably a good deal better than what they have back home. I don’t know that for certain, but given that their ground fits in just over 8,000 people and they’re in the Belgian First Division B (second tier), it’s an educated guess.
The article reports that our sister club will stay for three days: July 26, 27 and 28, with the last day also seeing them play a friendly against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium. So, if you fancy seeing what they’re all about, and are in the vicinity of Crawley that weekend, give it a go.
At the same time, Reading will be rounding off their own pre-season commitments by hosting Crystal Palace at the Madejski Stadium. That weekend sees the last friendly matches for both clubs (Reading and KSV Roeselare) before they kick their seasons off - the Royals starting at home to Derby County on Friday August 3 on the Sky cameras.
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