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Trunds and Morriston Comprehensive reading off the same page

Lee Trundle and local pupils were on the same page recently to launch the Premier League Reading Stars project in Morriston Comprehensive.

Helping to officially kick off the scheme at the school, the former player and Club Ambassador took part in a Q&A amidst rows of books in the school’s extensive library.

Signing up select students from years 7 and 8, Morriston Comprehensive are one of the latest local schools to embark on the initiative that channels a passion for football into a love of literacy in 9-13 year olds.

“It enourages readers to discover that reading is fun and it doesn’t just involve books!” said Donna Jones, the school’s Key Stage 3 Learning Coach. “The 10 weekly sessions are a mix of games and skills involving different reading materials, helping to improve the students’ reading abilities,” she continued and it’s a project that the youngsters thoroughly enjoy.

“Involvement is met with enthusiasm from the students,” Donna added. “With help from well-known football players, such as Lee Trundle, visiting the school, working with the students, it makes reading enjoyable.”

Run in partnership with the Premier League and the National Literacy Trust, PLRS interacts with disengaged children who love football but lack the motivation and stimulation around reading and writing and the Q&A was one way to inspire the pupils.

Taking time to research Lee and his playing career by reading about him, they were then tasked with writing questions for him, as well as being instructed to take notes during the session, all of which encouraged the group to read and write.

“Premier League Reading Stars Cymru shows the strong link between sport and literacy, where children are interested to get more involved in reading and to realise how important it is in everyday life,” Donna finished.

Across the UK, PLRS has interacted and engaged with thousands of children and in 2014, 3 out of 4 children made at least 6 months’ progress in reading in just 10 weeks, with 1 in 3 making a year’s progress or more.

If your school is interested in getting involved, or if you want to find out more about PLRS, please contact Thomas Williams at Thomas@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk


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