Tuesday 12th December saw Derby County players Ikechi Anya and Jason Shackell pay a visit to Borrow Wood Primary School to support pupils with their reading and writing skills.

On the day, they visited year five and six pupils at Borrow Wood as they took part in a Premier League Reading Stars lesson with Derby County Community Trust Coaches.

The aim of the programme is to improve the ability to read and understand literacy more. The Community Trust use the brand of the Premier League and Derby County to show that reading is a part of day to day life and is very important.

Both Shackell and Anya got involved in the lesson by showing the importance of reading and writing comes at a professional football club. This started with pupils writing a match report on Derby’s 3-0 win against Barnsley.

Ikechi Anya took the time to read the class a chapter of ‘Football Academy: Reading the Game’ by Tom Palmer before joining Jason Shackell to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

After the session, Arron Cuttriss from the Derby County Community Trust said:

“The players were fantastic with the children. They interacted with each and every one of them and really showed the importance of reading.

“It’s vital for role models such as these to come in and show that the importance of reading doesn’t stop at a certain age, that it affects us all in day to day life”

Learn more about the Derby County Community Trust’s work in Schools: http://www.derbycountycommunitytrust.com/programmes/schools/

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