Chelsea Foundation

Chelsea Foundation participants take part in Premier League Reading Festival

The Chelsea Foundation recently took part in the Premier League Stars Reading Festival.

The week-long event, run by the National Literacy Trust, in partnership with the Premier League Primary Stars, saw six different children’s football authors take part in the free daily virtual sessions, discussing football, sport and reading under the theme of celebration.

Pupils from the Chelsea Foundation’s partner school Avonmore School joined the author of children’s books High-Rise Mystery, Sharna Jackson, and CBBC presenter Kenzie Benali, during a 45-minute interactive session.

The pupils were set a challenge to solve a crime, learning about suspects, culprits and detectives. The Avonmore pupils faced live questions from other schools and pupils up and down the country, as everyone tried to work out who the culprit was.

In addition, the schools was gifted a box of books, thanks to the Foundation and the Premier League, to ensure the legacy of a reading is kept throughout the whole school community.

Schools education manager, Sam Mardle said: ‘The pupils were fantastic! We have worked with Avonmore Primary as part of our delivery of a range of Education programmes over a number of years, so we knew that they would be stars of the show when it came to facing questions from the 11,000 pupils up and down the country in attendance.

‘This session forms part of our wider PL Primary Stars delivery, and was a great reward for our participants who have missed out on so much throughout the pandemic.’

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