The Consortium Reading the Game literacy programme kicks-off in Shrewsbury!

Reading the Game literacy programme kicks-off in Shrewsbury!

10th November, 2015

We are delighted to announce our sponsorship of Shrewsbury Town Football Club’s Reading the Game literacy programme. The initiative captures the motivational power of football and sport to inspire young children to read more and improve their literacy skills.

Reading the Game - Photograph from left to right: Richard Pulford from WMS; Neil Homer from STFC and Matt Palmer, Commercial Director for Connect Education and Care.

Photograph from left to right: Richard Pulford [WMS]; Neil Homer [STFC] and Matt Palmer [Commercial Director Connect Education and Care].

The programme will be delivered over a six week period in primary schools in and around the Shrewsbury area, through a combination of classroom-based learning and outdoors sessions on the pitch. It will also include statutory requirements of the new national curriculum. WMS employees will have the opportunity to be a part of the programme by volunteering at the schools.

Neil Homer from Shrewsbury Town in the Community is delighted with the new partnership: “With the support of WMS, the resources for the scheme have been professionally designed and printed. We have just completed our first session with a class at St. Peter’s C.E. Primary School and it was great to see the children having fun while they learn!”

The partnership was established when the football ground’s Community Sports Trust was looking for a partner to help fund and be a part of its Reading the Game programme, and we were delighted we could help. Claire Pugh, Customer Service Advisor at WMS volunteered on the first session at St. Peters: “Reading the Game is such a wonderful opportunity and a great experience. The children were enthusiastic and the feedback was really positive – I’d encourage others to get involved and embrace the community spirit.”

On 20th October volunteers from our Shrewsbury office and members of STFC came together at the official launch event at the Shrewsbury Town vs. Doncaster Rovers game, joining players on the pitch at half-time for photographs.