21-year-old Reading FC centre back Tom Holmes has been named as a new ambassador for a Berkshire-based charity.

Holmes has become the new charity ambassador for Berkshire Youth, who deliver support to young people in the county.

The charity provides safe environments for youngsters and offer support to local partners, to help support young people make the transition from childhood to young adults.

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The Royals defender said: “First and foremost I’m honoured that Berkshire Youth have given me this opportunity.

"I’m a Reading boy through and through and I’m very aware of the opportunities and chances that I’ve had growing up, particularly in sport, so to be able get together with Berkshire Youth and raise awareness of the work being done to give young people the same opportunities and education is something that I am really looking forward to."

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David Seward, CEO of Berkshire Youth, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Tom to the charity.

"Having spent most of his life in Reading, Tom will instantly have a great connection and common ground with the young people we work with.

"I know he is also aware of the importance and benefits of positive activities for young people.

"I am sure that Tom will be a great role model and representative for our charity and we can’t wait to work with him to raise awareness of our work championing, supporting, empowering and inspiring Berkshire’s young people.”