Local pupils celebrate reading success with visit to Priestfield

A group of boys from local secondary school Robert Napier visited the Priestfield Stadium last weekend to celebrate some of the success they have had with the Reading Stars programme.
The group of about 20 young boys had been teamed together by teacher John Still to tackle the issue of reading. 

His aim, to encourage the group to read more and to challenge them to find books that interested them. 

This based on the facts that boys are less likely to read than girls and were under performing in English.

The GFC Community team supported the Robert Napier School throughout the year, with regular visits to the school by Head of Community Adam Lawrence. 

The group also came to Priestfield for a stadium tour and to complete some of the tasks in the Match Day Executive boxes. 

The boys were also invited along to the home game against Millwall, and at half time were presented with their certificates on the pitch. 

Development players Jack Parter and Nathan Nyafli spoke to some of the boys about their reading, and fans favourite Bayo Akinfenwa came to sign some certificates for the group.
Reading Stars has been a huge success story at the school, and the boys will continue to champion reading by mentoring a new group of readers in September.

The Gills community team look forward to supporting the schools Reading Stars in the new academic year.