IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS: St Aldhelm's students visited the players' tunnel and dressing rooms as part of their tour of the Vitality Stadium

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS: St Aldhelm’s students visited the players’ tunnel and dressing rooms as part of their tour of the Vitality Stadium

St Aldhelm’s Academy pupils have come face to face with their heroes after being picked as the Cherries’  Premier League Reading Stars.

In week two of the 10-week programme the pupils visited the Vitality Stadium where they enjoyed a tour followed by a workshop with the author Jamie Scallion and a press conference with Cherries striker Callum Wilson.

Dagmar James, literacy resources manager at St Aldhelm’s said: “The students were extremely excited to visit the club and asked lots of questions during their mock press conference with Callum.

“The hour long session with Jamie Scallion, author of the Rock’n’Roll Diaries, was also fascinating for them.

“Jamie told them about his life and how he became an author and wrote for the band The Script. The students then went on to create a verse for a song in small groups.”

Now in its 13th year, Premier League Reading Stars uses the motivational power of football to inspire children, particularly boys, to enjoy books.

As Premiership newcomers, this is the first time AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust has been involved in the scheme.

The St Aldhelm’s pupils will spend 10 weeks enjoying weekly ‘fixtures’ with the community team, taking part in different activities such as online challenges designed to improve their literacy and spark their interest in reading.

GETTING SHIRTY: St Aldhelm's was also presented with its own Cherries shirt which will be signed by the team and displayed at the Club

GETTING SHIRTY: St Aldhelm’s was also presented with its own Cherries shirt which will be signed by the team and displayed at the Club

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