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Students visit Hartlepool Rugby Football Club to see Author Tom Palmer.

Students had a fantastic opportunity to meet author, Tom Palmer who works for the Rugby Football Union and is also a writer of rugby fiction for children. Together with the Six Nations Championship he wanted to encourage children to read for pleasure and to engage with the RFU’s five core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. Tom delivered his Rugby Reading Game which is a fun quiz about reading with the finalists competing in an indoor penalty taking competition, with the winner receiving the coveted Rugby Reading Game Trophy which Sophie Barnfather won. He talked about why he became an author, offer advice on all aspects of writing and read from his series of books which are published by Barrington Stoke.

“Our students loved meeting Tom. His enthusiasm for reading and sport was really infectious and drew them in from the moment he arrived. The Rugby Reading Game was a great hit with both boys and girls and the chance of taking a drop kick was fiercely competed”.

Tom’s new Rugby Academy series of books is aimed at children aged 7-11. It features an English school rugby team competing in the UK, European and World Schools Rugby tournaments. Rugby Academy was Rugby World’s Book of the Month in May 2015, with a five star review.

To find out more about Tom please visit http://tompalmer.co.uk/rugby/rugby-academy where you will also find some great literacy resources from chapters of his books, quizzes, games, videos etc.

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