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Town support reading challenge

21 January 2014

Players continue their support of World Cup Reading Challenge

Shrewsbury Town's Community Trust were delighted to be able to support the Grange Primary School's campaign to help budding readers with their World Cup Reading Challenge. 

Captain Tamika Mkandawire and Darren Jones, a few days before he left the club, visited the school to lend their support.

The challenge for selected Key Stage 2 pupils attending the school is to complete reading and homework tasks throughout the group stages of this summer's World Cup. 

The pupils will get their goals signed off against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica - England's group opponents in Brazil - before potentially progressing to the second round, quarter finals, semi finals and the final at Maracana Stadium.
The players listened to each pupil read a section of their current book before being given the honour of signing off the children’s first goal within their reading challenge passport.

The children have now 10 weeks to complete the challenge and reach the final before a presentation event in April.

Shrewsbury Town's Community Trust will be donating prizes towards the event.

The players were pleased to be asked to get involved with such an innovative project which is being co-ordinated by Mrs Marie Sibley, the head teacher of the Grange Primary School.

Town captain Tamika said: "This is a great idea to encourage children to read more. It was a privilege meeting all the children and signing their reading passports. I will look forward to seeing how they managed the challenge in April."
The Community Trust have other visits planned throughout January to support primary school children with reading activities.

Jessica Lightwood, community development officer for the Community Trust, said: "Reading support within schools is just one thing players can help with and encourage.

"They can also support the delivery of PE sessions, hold question and answer sessions, take part in healthy eating workshops plus bullying and respect workshops.

"These are all sessions the Community Trust have delivered in schools with the support of Shrewsbury Town Football Club players."

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