CHELSEA ARE HOOKED ON BOOKS

Chelsea FC's Education Department hosted a special story telling workshop at Stamford Bridge on October 4th to launch their support for the national Readathon campaign.

60 children were invited to the special event, which took place during Children's Book Week.

The national Readathon is a fundraising initiative, that teacher's join, which encourages pupils to read more books and raise money for sick children.

Chelsea FC's national charity CLIC Sargent receives all proceeds with the Roald Dahl foundation from the initiative, which raises over one million pounds a year.

'Football is a great way to encourage a love of learning and of reading and Chelsea FC supports a number of initiatives aimed at promoting literacy skills,' said Chelsea's education manager, Suzi Raymond.

The event, which was offered as a prize to teachers entering this year's Readathon, attracted over 400 schools in the club's local borough to sign up for the scheme.

The children, who were offered an exciting behind-the-scenes tour of the ground, took part in a unique workshop with author and illustrator Michael Foreman, who provided a wonderful insight into the world of children's books.

St Anselm's School in Wandsworth won the prize for pupils and teacher Diana Roberts said: 'This is our first year taking part in the Readathon. The children are very excited about the idea that they can read books, collect some money and help other children at the same time. The trip to Chelsea was an added bonus and we all really enjoyed the day.'