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Club Support Reading Stars Scheme

Published on 23rd November 2012 by Tom Tainton

Players take part in Community Foundation initiative


A trio of Bristol Rugby players visited Henbury Secondary School to take part in the Community Foundation’s Reading Stars programme on Thursday.

Bryan Rennie, Jack Gadd and Jon Goodridge, all of whom are currently sidelined with injury at the moment, listened to pupils reading matchday programmes in a bid to promote literacy and encourage reading for enjoyment.

Megan White, who co-ordinates literacy across the curriculum at the school, said: “The backing of Bristol players helps to promote a positive image of men reading and encourages some of our students who have struggled.

“The use of Bristol Rugby matchday programmes have already proved successful and boys in particular enjoy reading them.”

Ms White runs the reading project with PE teacher Jon Peach, who is also head of Pegasus House.

Ben Breeze, CEO of the Community Foundation added: "Bristol Rugby and Bristol Rugby Community Foundation are delighted to support students from Henbury School with their literacy skills. 

“Reading Stars is a pilot scheme in development and, in partnership with the school, provides Bristol Rugby Matchday Programmes and player appearances with the aim that sport based reading material will encourage more students to develop their literacy skills."