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World Book Day Visit For Akpa Akpro

3 March 2016

Striker Teaches At Local Secondary School

"It is great to be able to help the schools most local to Greenhous Meadow.

"We are in regular contact with the schools and want to help not only in sport but cross-curricular activities as much as we can.

"It was great to see the pupils at Meole Brace Secondary School enjoying learning from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and the advice he gave them was first-class."
Shrewsbury Town in the Community manager Jamie Edwards said:

“It was fantastic to have a role model for the students come to visit.

“He made the students enjoy reading and he gave them some fantastic advice on how to improve.

“Hopefully it will inspire them to read even more.

“This is the third time that we’ve worked with the community trust and every time it has been fantastic.

“The community trust has really helped us here at Meole Brace Secondary School.”
Owen Roberts, literacy coordinator at Meole Brace Secondary School, said:

"It was a very interesting visit. Their French was quite good and it was a very interesting discussion.

"When I was a kid my favourite book was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was quite a long book, maybe around 200 pages!

"I actually like to write poetry in my spare time too."
Akpa Akpro said:

Akpa Akpro then had to choose who he thought was the best reader (Ben Smith), best French speaker (Flecher Whittall) and who asked the best questions (Callum Wallace).

The striker then taught French football-related words to the children, who study the language at the school, before they had the opportunity to read extracts from books to him.

Akpa Akpro, 31, took a range of questions from the children – from the hardest team he has played against to the sports he liked at school himself.

The Frenchman, who went to the school on the same day last year, took time out of his Thursday afternoon to teach the year-eight children at the school once again.

Pupils at Meole Brace Secondary School improved their reading when Shrewsbury Town striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro visited for World Book Day.

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