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Clarke, Colclough and Flatt attend Study Parks' Reading Stars event

5 February 2019

Iron trio Jordan Clarke, Ryan Colclough and Jon Flatt both attended Friday's Reading Stars session in the Sir Ian Botham Executive Lounge.

Goalkeeper Flatt took part in a penalty shoot-out while Clarke and Colclough both took part in a Q & A session with the schools involved in the Study Parks' programme, which included questions about what the pair like to read, when they read and why reading is important.

The event, which sees author Tom Palmer come to Glanford Park, also saw Togger Books duo Doug and Stephen Ward attend with a number of schools involved to help encourage reading amongst school children.

Reading Stars is a literacy intervention designed to be delivered in schools, libraries and football clubs.

The aim is to stimulate literacy engagement in children aged 9-13 years who love football but lack motivation in reading. Evaluation has shown that the programme can have a significant impact on attainment and attitude. 

Each school is invited to select a cohort of around 15 learners to access the programme. Resources provided by the programme will include lesson ideas, activity books, certificates, posters, football themed books, medals and more.

The model proposed is that schools embark on an enhanced programme linking literacy to football. The approved project consists of five key strands.

Author Tom Palmer said: “I have worked with dozens of football clubs over the last decade and it is great to see Scunthorpe United and North Lincolnshire Council (Study Parks) doing such fantastic work with schools.

"I don’t know of any other football club doing such intense work with so many schools and children. The posters, the author visits, the story-themed stadium tour, the utter engagement of the children and their teachers. There was so much to be impressed with. In a time when many councils, football clubs and school have abandoned collaborative work like this because of money and staffing issues, it is a joy to see and be part of the Study Parks and Words Count project."

For more information on the Reading Stars programme, click here.

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