LEICESTER City FC’s charitable arm, Leicester City in the Community, is lending its support to national children’s literacy charity, Schoolreaders, to help more primary school children catch up on lost reading skills.
Even before the pandemic, 1 in 4 children left primary school unable to read well, and the school closures have worsened the situation considerably, with disadvantaged children suffering the most. Latest Government figures estimate that 1 in 3 children is now expected to leave primary school this year with poor literacy skills.
The Premier League Club’s charity will be working with Schoolreaders to attract new volunteers across Leicester, Loughborough and Coalville and offers further support to primary schools with valuable one-to-one reading time to help children with reading skills by engaging them with their favourite books.
Jane Whitbread, Founder of Schoolreaders, said:
“We are so grateful to Leicester City in the Community for their support. Before the initial lockdown, almost 13,000 children received a one-to-one reading support session every week from a Schoolreaders volunteer, and our service is needed more than ever because so many children have fallen behind.
“If a child leaves primary school not reading properly, it can have life-long negative consequences as they are unable to fully access their secondary education. Good literacy at primary school is a cornerstone of success in education and in later life.”
Emma Lowry, Leicester City in the Community Education Manager, added:
“Leicester City in the Community is excited to be working in partnership with Schoolreaders towards our common goal to improve literacy in primary schools in Leicestershire.
“Through this initiative, we aim to ensure all children, regardless of background, can reach their potential.”
The club’s charitable arm is also actively supporting Schoolreaders’ new campaign, RACE FOR READING, which is raising funds to help thousands more children with their reading skills. Participants are invited to undertake a sponsored challenge of any form such as running, cycling, swimming or even dog walking to help achieve a collective virtual circumnavigation of the globe (or 25,000 miles) in 80 days.
Schoolreaders provide volunteers to primary schools to give one-to-one reading sessions with children and is now needed more than ever. One in ten primary schools in this country asks for Schoolreaders volunteers. The charity has seen a huge rise in volunteer registrations this year and has enough volunteers to be supporting more than 20,000 children with a one-to-one reading session each week.