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WWE® Superstar makes an impact in Nottingham secondary school

23 Nov 2011

Last week, WWE® Superstar and World Tag-Team Champion, Kofi Kingston paid a visit to Ellis Guilford School in Nottingham to speak about the importance of being able to communicate well.

The visit was organised as part of the ongoing partnership between the National Literacy Trust and WWE®, who are committed to working together to raise the profile of literacy by using the WWE® Superstars and Divas as role models.

Nottingham KofiDuring his visit, Kofi told an excited audience of Year 7 and 8 students that having good communication skills and being able to present himself in a positive way was one of the main reasons for his success, and that it was these skills that made him stand out from other candidates when he tried out for the WWE®. He also spoke about his love of reading, and mentioned that he wished he’d started reading earlier in life so that he hadn’t “wasted so much time not reading”.

The impact the WWE® visit has made on the school has been great to see. Kofi created a buzz amongst both pupils and staff that is still evident a week on. Katherine Davison, Learning Resource Centre Manager, said

“It was thrilling to see the impact Kofi made during his visit to the school. He was a true role model and it started students thinking straight away about their own dreams and aspirations. He made them realise that reading is important in all aspects of life, as is being a good communicator - these skills will make you a better person in the long run… [the event] has done plenty to raise the profile of reading and the work of the literacy team across the school.”

Other staff members commented:Nottingham Kofi

"It was a feel-good event, the students have been inspired and it has affected the spirits of a whole community".

The last word goes to a Year 7 student who, following the assembly, was inspired to write to Kofi:

“It was the best assembly in my whole life.”

Tags: Schools & teaching, Sports

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