I am thrilled to be able to say that I am working with the English RFU on a range of resources using the game of rugby union to promote reading for pleasure in schools and libraries. This is especially exciting now that the Rugby World Cup (taking place in England and Wales) is less than a year away.
This is what we’re doing:
ONE: a resource pack full of ideas for schools, libraries and homes with ideas for how we can engage children with reading for pleasure.
TWO: a set of fifteen classroom lesson plans helping children engage with writing and reading through rugby union and the forthcoming World Cup.
THREE: me touring all the thirteen Rugby World Cup host cities and places with my Rugby Reading Game during the summer holidays in 2015 along with a local rugby coach, so that we can give tips to parents on playing and reading about rugby.
FOUR: a series of thirteen training events delivering training to teachers, librarians and rugby people on how to use the Rugby World Cup to get children reading more. This is partnership with Barrington Stoke and Reading Matters.
FIVE: a live rugby adventure story that will be written – by me – during the Rugby World Cup, featuring the events of the tournament as they unfold.
I hope this sounds useful. There are still a few plans to sort out and a load of work to do. I’ll blog more about it in the future. But feel free to email me via my website if you want to be put on a newsletter.
In the meantime there is already some rugby literacy material available here, featuring news about my new children’s series, Rugby Academy.
Thanks for reading.