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City duo read at Race Leys

11 March 2014

Sky Blues duo Conor Thomas and Lee Burge share their favourite books with Year 2 pupils for World Book Day

Sky Blues duo Conor Thomas and Lee Burge paid a visit to Race Leys Infant School last week to help pupils along with World Book Day!

World Book Day, which took place on March 6th, is a celebration of reading for children of primary school age which has been running for the past 80 years at schools, libraries and other venues across the UK.

The day is aimed at encouraging children to get enthusiastic about reading, exploring libraries and bookshops and even start writing themselves. 

To help celebrate World Book Day, Sky Blues in the Community (SBitC) visited Race Leys Infant School, in Bedworth, along with City pair Thomas and Burge to celebrate the event.

The Sky Blues stars read ‘A Tiger came to Tea’ with over 50 Year 2 students, who were then given the opportunity to ask questions of the players from what their favourite books and authors as a child were and what books they read now.

Thomas said his favourite book as a child was ‘James and the Giant Peach’, and that he is currently reading Alex Ferguson’s autobiography while Burge confessed to being a JK Rowling fan and had read all the Harry Potter series.
Louise Duncan, Year 2 teacher at Race Leys School said: “The children loved the visit from Dave, Connor and Lee. They enjoyed listening to a story and asking the players questions. It was a great visit and the players were good role models, helping to encourage the children to keep reading."

Conor Thomas, who is the Sky Blues in the Community ‘education ambassador’, said: “It is really important to promote reading and learning for children both at school and at home.

“Even if the kids love sport and want to be a professional football player, reading is both important for future life, but most importantly it is fun.”

SBitC Director David Busst added: “It’s great fun doing these visits with the likes of Conor and Lee. The children love seeing the players in their school and if we can use these visits to promote important things like reading and learning, then that is very rewarding and can only be a good thing.”

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