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International Literacy Day: Reading Robins

On International Literacy Day, we take a look at the Robins Foundation’s innovative project which is helping primary school students improve their literacy skills.

All images were taken before Covid-19 

As the official charity of Bristol City, the Robins Foundation uses the inspirational power of football to serve the local community and one of the key ways in which it does so is through inspiring education.

Not only does the Foundation play host to its very own education department – where it offers a variety of sports-based courses to students – but it also delivers educational support within primary schools across Bristol through the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

The Reading Robins initiative is part of this delivery and is a specifically targeted programme which aims to help primary school students who typically struggle with literacy to improve their skills and become more confident readers.

 

Bristol City Robins Foundation staff work with teachers to specifically identify students who would benefit the most from this tailored intervention. The Robins Foundation staff then work closely with this small targeted group of students and through using the theme of football, engage them in reading and ignite a love for literacy.

The Reading Robins focus on football-based material, whether that be: matchday programmes, football themed books, or match reports. In addition to this, the groups have the added incentive of taking short breaks during the sessions to let off some steam by taking part in footballing activities to with the Foundation's coaches.

The programme has also benefited from the support of Bristol City’s first team, with the young people having previously been treated to visits from several City players. The players took the time to read with the students and share their experiences of reading and school more generally.

Reading Robins Lead Coach, James Howiantz said: “It’s been a pleasure to work so closely with children in Bristol on the Reading Robins programme. To see them turn up each week with enthusiasm and passion for reading and sport is inspiring. They have given maximum effort in every session and learnt valuable literacy skills that will serve them well in years to come.”

With students having recently returned to schools, this exciting programme is set to make a return over the coming weeks with a new group of Reading Robins currently being selected.

To find out more about the project and Bristol City Robins Foundation’s primary school delivery (Premier League Primary Stars), please contact: james.howiantz@bcfc.co.uk

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