Mansfield Town Football in the Community were actively involved in this year’s World Book Day, visiting numerous partnered schools across Mansfield, getting involved with different activities in the schools with staff and Sammy the Stag! World Book Day took place on the 3rd March and Football in the Community had the fantastic opportunity to be apart of Parkgate Academy’s festivities. The children loved the chance to meet Sammy the Stag as they had the opportunity to read their favourite books to him. Sammy was keen listener and was impressed with the reading skills of the pupils. After a brilliant and interactive assembly hosted by none other than Robin Hood, the rest of the afternoon the pupils enjoyed the opportunity to read with the Football in the Community staff, with the staff offering support and encouragement for boys and girls who loved sharing their favourite books. Phoebe Eyre, Assistant Principal and KS2 Lead had nothing but positive things to say about FITC visit and was asked what it was like for FITC staff and Sammy the Stag to be involved in their reading sessions. “They will just find that so exciting, really engaging for them. It gives them a chance to practice their communication skills to a variety of people”
During their visits across the week, Mansfield Town Football in the Community also distributed 300 books to partnering schools across Mansfield to support young readers as part of an exciting partnership between Premier League Primary Stars and the National Literacy Trust to celebrate World Book Day. Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
The programme has been developed and is managed by the Premier League Charitable Fund, a Premier League funded charity which aims to create positive and lasting sporting, health and education outcomes for children, young people and the wider community.