The Reading Albanian Kosovan Community group which was set up around two months agon in Reading and now has 1,000 members was officially launched more than two weeks ago by the Kosova ambassador in UK, Dr Muhamet Hamiti.

Its members meet each week in Theale and on 23rd May they had an official launch party at Theale Village Hall in Englefield Road.

Chairman Mursel Redzepi said: “The group was formed by myself for the community to meet up regularly.

“Being a sports coach and fitness professional I thought I could arrange lots of activities for them.

“We are hoping to get funding for goal posts and football shirts to create a seven-a-side league.”

Ambassador Dr Hamiti added: “It’s very useful for the community to have a hub and I was saying to the committee how happy I was to be here on behalf of Kosovo to applaud the initiative.

“There is always a need for a sense of community to be cherished and they should be doing this in order to preserve their national identity and work towards integration within the British society.”

The group are going to organise a number of events throughout the summer. The first event took place on 30th May with a cycle ride from Caversham to Purley heading off from Rivermead Leisure Centre, in Richfield Avenue.

A table tennis event will take place on Sunday, June 13, followed by a walk and backgammon championship the week after.

They are looking to set up a free Albanian language school with the first lessons taking place on Sunday, June 6. A beginner lesson will run from 5pm to 6pm followed by an intermediate lesson between 6pm and 7pm.

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