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Rugby Reading Champions

The great thing is, it’s linking up PE and reading. The children who found reading challenging at the start of the programme have amazed me with their drive to pick up books and read a wide selection now.

Rugby Reading Champions

Thanks to funding from Comic Relief and England Rugby, Leicester Tigers Foundation have teamed up with the National Literacy Trust to offer Leicester primary schools the chance to have a free reading intervention for pupils who are struggling with their reading skills and are reluctant readers.

The programme is a 10-week reading intervention for 15 targeted pupils from Years 5 & 6, written by the National Literacy Trust and delivered by Leicester Tigers Foundation coaches. It uses the values of rugby to raise literacy standards for reluctant readers.

Schools who take part in the programme will also get:

  • A box of carefully-selected books to support reluctant readers to discover a love of reading
  • High-quality materials for pupils, including a branded workbook, badges, stickers and posters
  • A visit to the stadium for an author event, ground tour and more
  • Free reading tests for participating pupils and a set of evaluation results to show impact

Jim Sells, Sport and Literacy Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust, says: “Rugby Reading Champions is bursting with inspirational materials to get children reading – from exciting videos from their role models at Leicester Tigers to bright and brilliant rugby-themed books and posters. Using the power of rugby, we hope to help children in Leicester develop the reading skills, confidence and enjoyment they need to flourish at school and beyond.”

If you would like to find out more about Rugby Reading Champions, please contact David McDonald at [email protected].

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