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17 December 2021

BURTON Albion Community Trust have been working alongside Burton Albion Academy Scholars to support and engage local school children with reading.

The Brewers have been attending Lansdowne School and supporting year 2 children with their reading. 

The school identified children that needed extra support with their reading and the young players have been going in and listening to the children read. 

Katie Johnson, School Sport Manager at Burton Albion Community Trust, said: "It has been great working with both the school and the academy scholars and seeing the confidence of everyone increase. 

Through engaging with the children about reading and talking about their books with them has helped inspire the children to pick up a book more frequently and has helped them to improve with reading aloud, as well as their confidnence to do so.

"The programme has been a real success and seeing the development of not only the reading skills of the youngsters develop, but also the social skills of all the young people involved, has been very rewarding.”

Dan Robinson, Academy Manager, said: “The opportunity for our young players to visit local schools through the Burton Albion Community Trust and spend time with the children helping them with their reading, is not only fantastic for the school children to be inspired by our players engagement but it’s also of huge benefit to our boys to not only appreciate the privileged position that they are in but to realise that they are role models to our young people in the community.”

The programme has been very well received by Lansdowne School and after the Christmas break it will be being developed further with Key Stage 2 children at Eton Park Junior School.   

Helen Phillips, Executive Principal at Eton Park and Lansdowne, said: "Developing early reading is a key priority for the school, as is promoting a love of reading. We believe in the power of stories and the importance of reading together.  Research shows that both strategies support children with acquiring the necessary vocabulary and knowledge to understand the world around them.

"This term we have been very fortunate to link with the Burton Albion scholars who have been supporting us in school.  They have been attending every week and are currently reading with our Y2 children. They have been excellent role models and are committed to helping our learners develop. Children have been excited and really keen to be involved in the project.  It has certainly had an impact on their motivation to read.

We look forward to the continued support of the scholars in the new year.  I just know the children in other year groups are desperate to work with them too.” 


For more information on our Primary Schools Programmes please contact Katie Johnson (School Sport Manager)

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