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Marine in the Community extends literacy programme 

Marine in the Community has completed a second set of six-week journalism courses in local schools with Literacy Kicks, extending the reach of the project into Bootle and Formby.

Following a successful first phase that covered two schools in Crosby, Bedford Primary and Trinity St Peter’s both took part in the programme which sees children in Years 5 and 6 become sports journalists.

Funded by a grant from the Trident Community Foundation, established by league sponsors Pitching In, the programme covered a wide range of sporting subjects and writing styles over the course of six weeks. The lessons are delivered by journalist Gareth Walker, who spent over 20 years reporting on leading sporting events for national newspapers.

The project had an overwhelmingly positive response from the two schools involved, who were quick to thank Marine in the Community for facilitating it.

Jonathan McCabe, the assistant head and Year 5 teacher at Trinity St Peter’s in Formby said: “Participating in the ‘Literacy Kicks’ programme along with Marine in the Community was a truly transformative experience for our students. 

“Over the six-week project, the children were immersed in the exciting world of sports journalism, developing their writing and communication skills in an engaging and dynamic way. The enthusiasm and enjoyment were palpable, with many students highlighting ‘Literacy Kicks’ as one of the highlights of their school year. 

“This initiative not only fostered a love for writing but also boosted the children’s confidence and reporting abilities. We are incredibly grateful for this enriching opportunity and look forward to future projects that further inspire and educate our young learners.”

Laura Doherty, the Year 6 teacher at Bedford Primary in Bootle added: “My Year 6 class have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions with Gareth. Every session has been engaging, interesting and accessible for all children. 

“The children have learned about different styles of report writing and heard first hand what that looks like in the real world from someone who has actually done the job. 

“This has given some children ideas for a career in sports journalism in the future! It has been wonderful to see some reluctant writers motivated to write and share their work with the class and given lots of children their opportunity to shine. 

“I would definitely recommend the sessions to other schools and would love to do it again next year!”

Literacy Kicks founder Walker said that all four classes that have taken part in the project have been a credit to their schools.

He said: “We had a fantastic first phase of Literacy Kicks in Crosby, and now the pupils at Bedford Primary and Trinity St Peter’s have fully immersed themselves in becoming sports journalists for six weeks.

“It’s been an amazing project for us to be involved in and full credit should go to Graeme Gardiner at Marine in the Community for his vision for this in the local area.

“Marine FC have also been fully supportive of everything we’ve done and it’s brilliant to see the links created between club, Marine in the Community and schools in the surrounding area.”

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