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1 March 2018

World Book Day encourages children to explore the pleasures of books and reading and is the biggest celebration of its kind.

  • Latics Literacy session delivered at St Andrew's Primary School.
  • Pupils wrote match reports on last week's FA Cup victory.
  • World Book Day is the biggest celebration of its kind. 

Children in Year 5 at St Andrew’s Primary School celebrated World Book Day by taking part in Latics Literacy activities based on the club’s memorable FA Cup fifth round victory over Manchester City last week.

Over 30 pupils at the school, which is located near the club’s old stadium at Springfield Park, researched and wrote their own match reports on the events of the game, which saw Latics progress to the quarter-final of the prestigious competition thanks to Will Grigg’s sublime second half goal.

World Book Day encourages children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. It is the biggest celebration of its kind and is marked in over 100 countries. 

Jessica Liptrot, Year 5 pupil at St Andrew's Primary School, said: “The session was really good because I enjoyed learning about how to write newspaper reports and the different styles of writing we can use to do so. Working with Wigan Athletic is brilliant and the lessons are always fun and happy.

She added: “I really love reading and writing, I do it every night before bed and every day in school. I love finding out new things in different books."

The club were supporting World Book Day as part of Premier League Primary Stars, a scheme that uses the appeal of Wigan Athletic to inspire youngsters, with the Community Trust working with over 4,000 primary school children and 120 teachers across the borough since the project’s launch.

Jane Hoban, Year 5 teacher at St Andrew’s Primary School, said: “We have a lot of Latics fans in our class so they really engaged in the session and responded well to the task. Most of them went to the game against Manchester City so to be able to relive the highlights again in class was awesome.

She added: “What was great about it for me though was that it inspired the children because a lot of them want to be footballers but not all of them will have the skills to do that, so it was good for them to understand there are other jobs within the game too, such as becoming a reporter.”

Find out more about the Primary Stars scheme by contacting Schools Services Manager Gareth Nolan on 01942 318090 or email

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