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Reading The Game visit

13 April 2017

Dom Smith visits Meole Brace Primary School for Reading the game

We’ve recently had Joe Riley and Tyler Roberts enter the ‘Dragons Lair’ of Greenacres Primary School for our ‘Reading The Game' programme, this time Dom Smith found himself visiting the ‘Sharks’ class of Meole Brace Primary School!

Reading The Game encourages children in their literacy lessons at school, with the aim of improving their reading and writing skills using the power of sport.

Dom arrived at the school much to the excitement of the pupils, who have been taking part in the programme.

They presented their Shrewsbury Town workbooks provided by us, where they have been completing tasks such as writing a letter to Joe Hart, and designing their own Town first team kits!

Dom was then quizzed by pupils on a number of topics, as they got to find out about the local lad who has gone on to play for his home town club.

They learnt of his admiration for Real Madrid centre back Sergio Ramos, his boyhood hero Michael Owen, and his love of Liverpool FC (his second club of course!).

He also marked Jay Spearing as one of his toughest opponents, named Millwall away as Town’s toughest game of the season so far (Town won 1-0), and revealed his desire to move into coaching once he hangs up his boots.

Dom also gave an insight on how to deal with any nerves before a game, and offered pupils advice on how to make it in the sport (practice, practice, practice!)

It wasn’t just football related questions bestowed upon Dom, as he also revealed his first film (Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone), his favourite subject in school as maths, and reluctantly the names of his two cats, Jasper and Bamboo – much to the amusement of the class!

Dom’s visit was one of several player appearances on Reading The Game, with Mat Sadler also recently going along with the community to Crowmoor Primary School.

If your school would like to get involved in Reading The Game or find out more information, email Shrewsbury Town in the Community at

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