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Community: Callum Wilson swaps boots for books in celebration of World Book Day

Posted: Thu 10 Mar 2016
Callum Wilson signs his autographs

Local schoolchildren recently visited Vitality Stadium to discuss their favourite books with striker Callum Wilson.

In celebration of World Book Day students from St. Aldhelms Academy and The Bourne Academy, where AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust currently deliver the Premier League Reading Stars initiative, arrived at the home of the Cherries to share their passion for reading.

The afternoon kicked off with an author-led event in which Jamie Scallion spoke about The Rock ‘n’ Roll Diaries, his series of novels that follow the journey and rise to fame of four teenage boys from South London.

A tour of Vitality Stadium then followed before Wilson made his way over to discuss everything from why he believes it’s important to read, to what his favourite book is.

The Cherries striker then stayed to pose for photographs, swap reading recommendations and sign autographs.

“Events such as these are key in helping us to build a buzz around reading,” commented AFC Bournemouth head of community sports trust Steve Cuss.

“The aim of the Reading Stars initiative is to use schoolchildren’s love of football to help engage them in literacy, so to get the children here today will really help to support that.

“Having a player like Callum come along and endorse what we do will also really help to challenge the negative stigma that, for many children, still surrounds reading.”
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