Over 60 children and young people across Brighton and Hove came together at Patcham High School on Wednesday 28th March to kick illiteracy out of the park and celebrate the power of reading through a range of football-related activities.

Patcham High School brought together pupils from Hove Junior School, St Martin’s C of E School and Patcham Junior School. In addition, they met Gully the Seagull, mascot of Brighton and Hove Albion FC alongside Achievement for All's Milli the Millipede mascot whilst participating in reading relays and story keep-me-ups to explore the worlds and possibilities that reading can unlock.

            

The event marked the finale of our 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge, which has seen 400,000 children and young people take part in the reading challenge over the month of March with the support of schools, parents, carers and community groups across the UK. 

Patcham High School is currently fourth on the 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge leaderboard and is in with a great chance of winning the £5,000 RRP worth of book titles from leading bookseller and campaign sponsor, Book People. 

Speaking about their emphasis on reading, Mark Warner, Deputy Headteacher at Patcham High School, said: “Our aim is to develop a lifelong love of reading for our students and to motivate students of all ages to read more and more suitably challenging books. We want to raise literacy standards for students of all ages and all abilities. We want to empower students so that they have many choices about their future pathways in a highly-literate, word-rich environment. We believe that every student can, and will, improve.”

            

Patcham High School and Albion in the Community are among a host of challenge supporters including international supermodel David Gandy, Hollywood star Lennie James and authors like former children’s laureate Anne Fine and 2015 Carnegie Medal winner Tanya Landman.

Reflecting on the positive impact that role models can make to children’s lives, Paul Williams, Schools Manager at Albion in the Community, said: “We’re very proud to be supporting the 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge and using the power of football to engage children in our local community with literacy and help to build brighter futures. In our work with schools across Brighton and Hove, we see day in, day out what good can be achieved from sports teams and organisations using their influence to inspire young minds and showing what can be achieved through hard work and believing in your dreams.” 

For more information on our 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge click here or visit www.100millionminutes.org