The Euro 2012 journey begins...
Posted by Tom Palmer
7 Dec 2011
This week Tom Palmer takes a break from his blog about writing his latest book, to focus on next year’s Euro 2012 football tournament.
Who are England playing?
It’s the Euro 2012 draw on Friday 2 December, when we find out who England will play in their next big tournament. Once the draw is made everyone can start planning where they’ll be when they watch the matches and other related activities. The fixture dates can go in diaries, so that nothing else can get in the way of football, football, football.
It means that we’ll be planning too. Planning a range of exciting ideas that can help schools and libraries to encourage reading. Through football.
By the way, Euro 2012 runs from 8 June to 1 July and is hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
Last time it worked
In 2010 I worked with the National Literacy Trust to use the football World Cup to encourage reading and writing. Our free toolkit of ideas, daily cliff hanger story and writing exercises attracted well over 100,000 downloads. It was a massive success.
Even if the football didn’t have children on the edges of their seats, we hope the story did.
That’s why we’re doing it again. Not because we assume England are going to be rubbish, of course.
Here’s the plan...
We will, for free, produce:
- A downloadable thriller-style story for each school-day of the tournament, inspired and influenced by the events of the previous day to be read out in the classroom for five minutes a day.
- a free writing exercise based on key events in Poland and Ukraine
- a twitter feed with related blog that will highlight great Euro 2012 reading in books, magazines and newspapers
We will have news about a possible revamp of the Love Football: Love Reading toolkit (which is full of ideas that can help you encourage literacy through football) and a tour of events that I am planning to promote the above.
We hope this sounds good. Yes, it’s six months away. But we wanted to let you know about it.
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