Rugby author converts Northampton pupils to books

Tom Palmer and with children from Millway Primary School

Tom Palmer and with children from Millway Primary School

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An author who has written children’s books about rugby visited a Northampton primary school to encourage sporty children to read every day.

Tom Palmer - who has written more than 30 books, including the Rugby Academy series - visited Millway Primary School in Duston this week.

In a scheme organised by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the children took part in a number of activities throughout the day to promote the value of reading on a daily basis.

Headteacher Andrew Debenham, said Tom talked about his love of writing and encouraged pupils to pursue it wherever their interests lie.

Mr Debenham said: “Using the stimulus of rugby, Tom’s visit raised the profile of reading - the children were very excited to have a popular author in their school. This ties in with our school aim to motivate all pupils to read on a daily basis.

“We want to promote reading for pleasure for all children but it will have been particularly helpful for reluctant boy readers.”

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