Merton scores with reading scheme

Merton Council and Merton Abbey Primary School want pupils and their parents to read more. That is why Wimbledon Library and the school have been working in partnership with Fulham FC to boost their motivation through the power of football.

Author visits, quizzes and games combining football and books and visits to bookshops are some of the activities pupils aged from 7 to 11 have been taking part in during six different sessions.

Their participation will be recognised during an award ceremony to be held on 6 May at Craven Cottage. It also includes a ground tour followed by refreshments and the presentation of certificates for participants.

The kick-off to this project was in early March, when Wimbledon library joined the national Reading Stars scheme for the first time. Each Premier League club nominates a player to be its Reading Champion, who then recommends his two favourite books – one for children and another one aimed at their parents. All the libraries involved are supplied with free copies of the player’s choices, as well as 20 additional popular children’s titles.

Fulham FC Reading Champion is Elliot Omozusi, an extremely talented 20-year-old player. Children will have the chance to meet him during a question and answer session at the awards ceremony.

Dave Hill, Director of Children, Schools and Families, says: ‘ This is an excellent opportunity to improve reading skills and it’s a programme that both children and their parents can enjoy. The council is putting its residents first by encouraging Merton families to take part in this exciting scheme.’