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10th March 2016

AFCB away day for our Premier League Reading Stars

 

LUCKY St Aldhelm’s pupils came face to face with their heroes after being picked as the Cherries’ Premier League Reading Stars.

Twenty students from the academy have been signed up for Reading Stars, a national literacy scheme run by the Premier League and the National Literacy Trust.

As part of the 10-week programme the pupils visited the Vitality Stadium where they enjoyed a workshop with the author Jamie Scallion and took part in a press conference with Cherries striker Callum Wilson.

Dagmar James, literacy resources manager, said: “The students were extremely excited to visit the club and asked lots of questions during the press conference with Callum.

“The hour long session with the author and song writer Jamie Scallion, author of the Rock’n’Roll Diaries, was also fascinating for them.

“Jamie told them about his life and how he became an author and wrote for the band The Script. The students then went on to create a verse for a song in small groups.”

Now in its 13th year, Premier League Reading Stars uses the motivational power of football to inspire children, particularly boys, to enjoy books.

As Premiership newcomers, this is the first time AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust has been involved in the scheme.

The pupils will spend 10 weeks enjoying weekly ‘fixtures’ with the community team, taking part in different activities such as online challenges designed to improve their literacy and spark their interest in reading.

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