Reading FC star goes behind bars
Reading FC’s Jobi McAnuff made the day for lads at Reading Prison yesterday as he popped in for a chat during the afternoon gym session.
The 28-year-old midfielder was visiting the prison to meet the young men involved in a community project run by Reading FC to encourage prisoners to improve their education and life chances on release.
He was also there as a representative for a project to beat racism in football and spoke to the group about his background with a Jamaican father growing up in Tottenham.
Gary Webb, social inclusion officer at Reading FC, said: “We have been running the project at the prison for about two years now.
“We are the first football club to get involved with prisoners and we have found it to be a very rewarding project.
“Having Jobi here was a great way to encourage the lads to look at positive role models and to try and get them qualifications and to encourage them to take a different path on their release.”
McAnuff said: “I had never been to a prison before but I found the whole thing really interesting.
“It’s good to show to the lads that the outside world does care what they’re up to and want to encourage them to use their talent and abilities positively.”