PARTICIPATION | World Book Day 2024!

Published: 11/03/2024

On Thursday the 7th of March 2024, schools across the UK and Ireland celebrated World Book Day. This is an annual event in Primary Schools, where pupils are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character with the aim to inspire them to read for pleasure. This year Rotherham United Community Trust (RUCT) joined… Continue reading PARTICIPATION | World Book Day 2024!

On Thursday the 7th of March 2024, schools across the UK and Ireland celebrated World Book Day. This is an annual event in Primary Schools, where pupils are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character with the aim to inspire them to read for pleasure.

This year Rotherham United Community Trust (RUCT) joined in on the World Book Day celebrations, alongside local schools and the Premier League Primary Stars programme. To kick off the week, RUCT hosted their first Maths and English Stadium Day, where over 250 pupils from local schools attended to participate in various Maths and English based activities based around the stadium, including the first team home changing room, the press room, and many other exciting areas of the stadium.

One of the activities as part of the day included two of the first team players, Tom Eaves and Sean Morrison. Some of the RUCT staff met with Eaves and Morrison in the week before to film a special World Book Day quiz that would be interactive for those watching, the video included the players talking about their experiences reading growing up and why reading is very important to them as professional football players. The children got to take part in a quiz against the players where all the questions were themed around World Book Day, famous book characters, and much more.

This interactive quiz was a hit with the participants, with teachers from one school commenting “Finding out about Tom and Sean’s favourite books, and how they use reading as a footballer is so valuable for our children, it tells them that no matter what career path you choose life skills like reading are so important!”.

On Thursday, St Bede’s Catholic Primary School opened up a one-of-a-kind reading session for some of their pupils with 3 of the Rotherham United first team players. Over 20 children from year 2 and year 5 got the chance to come and sit with Jordan Hugill, Arvin Appiah and Sam Clucas and do some one-to-one reading with various World Book Day books.

Mr Sharpe, a teacher at St Bede’s, shared photos of the day on the school social media and quoted “Sincere thanks and huge respect to first team players from Rotherham United Sam Clucas, Jordan Hugill & Arvin Appiah for spending the afternoon with us. The guys held reading sessions and toured classrooms distributing free books to celebrate #WorldBookDay2024. The children loved meeting the players and their willingness to answer the ‘tricky’ questions. Great day, huge win for us thanks to Rotherham United Community Trust.”

RUCT are happy that they are able to offer these unique experiences for local children, to be able to work alongside the Club to offer days like this means that the local community are connecting with the team and we are creating an opportunity for the younger generation to be inspired. Children at St Bede’s and the first team players all from different backgrounds, and with different abilities were all able to connect over reading this World Book Day.

The Participation department within Rotherham United Community Trust work in many school across the Borough on a daily basis, and they hope that they can continue to inspire the young people of Rotherham to fall in love with reading and would like to thank Jordan Hugill, Arvin Appiah and Sam Clucas for being part of World Book Day 2024.

To find out more about our schools offer please email jgilberthorpe@rotherhamunited.net.