Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation are excited to announce that we partnered with Leeds United’s PL Primary Stars to host a number of virtual activities for World Book day 2021.
The Leeds United Academy duo took time out of their schedule on Thursday afternoon to join a Zoom call with students at Ledger Lane Primary School, part of the Wakefield Community Foundation, to chat with the youngsters about their favourite books and authors growing up and the importance of reading and having other hobbies away from football that can help with relaxation and positive mental wellbeing.
The Year 6 pupils taking part in the Q and A session really enjoyed the opportunity to meet the young Leeds United prospects, asking their own questions and being involved in something different to their usual educational routine, encouraging stimulation and engagement.
Jacob, one of the young students taking part in the virtual Q and A, said: “It was really inspiring doing the session with the Leeds United players because it taught me how fun reading can be and how you can achieve your goals through reading.
“I’m a big Leeds United fan so it was shocking to actually talk to some of the players and I was a bit blown away by how nice they really were.”
Luke Shale, the Head of Education & Training with the Foundation, added: “As soon as the opportunity arose, the School Sport Partnership department were keen to be involved. This was a fantastic initiative that combined both sport and education while offering us the chance to celebrate World Book Day in the best possible way.
“The students and teachers were all really excited about the prospect of working with Leeds United to put this project on and a massive thank you to the two players for taking part in the session.”
World Book Day is the perfect event to encourage the younger generation to tap into the benefits of reading and for many young people who have struggled with various educational challenges over the last year, it offers a great chance to pick up a new book and see what comes next.
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