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Quakers bosses get behind Busy Readers scheme
3:13pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
DARLINGTON FC has thrown its support behind an initiative that aims to encourage children to read more regularly.
Assistant manager Brian Atkinson and last season’s top goalscorer Amar Purewal visited Corporation Road Primary School today (Tuesday, September 24), to talk to pupils about the importance of reading.
The pair’s visit to the school was in support of the Busy Readers scheme launched by Darlington Cares.
Dozens of volunteers were trained earlier this year and have been placed in schools across the borough, where they will spend an hour each week listening to children reading.
The football club is is an active member of Darlington Cares, an employer-led scheme that aims to encourage volunteering.
Quakers coaches recently delivered a training session for youngsters at Firthmoor Community Centre.
Dave Mills, the club’s community and fans’ liaison manager, said: “This is yet another great example of how we are connecting with our local community.”
Peter King, headteacher of Corporation Road Primary School, which currently has six Busy Readers’ volunteers placed at the school, said: “It is brilliant that Darlington FC are involved with Darlington Cares as it means role models like Brian and Amar are able to come into school and the children see a different side to them, reinforcing the importance and joy of reading.”
Darlington Cares plans to extend the reading scheme further in January.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is asked to call project manager Katie Blundell on 01642-738970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info information about Darlington Cares, visit darlingtoncares.co.uk
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