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Football friendlies are great success

Date: 22/10/2008           Category: Young People

More than 70 young people flocked to the footie pitch for an action packed football tournament. The tournament on Thursday, 16 October was held at Lordswood Youth Centre. Teams from the police, Medway youth service and the library also took part in celebrations for Black History Month and National Year of Reading. Even the miserable weather didn’t put a dampener on things and 12 teams kicked off in style at the lively event. The event was funded by Boys into Books, which has been commissioned by the government’s Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to support the reading needs of boys. Winners were presented with a trophy and everyone that took part received an autobiography by a selection of professional footballers with the aim of encouraging boys to read. This links in with National Year of Reading, which is a year long celebration and aims to help build a greater passion for reading in England. The funding also gave participants a chance to refresh after the intense games. Healthy snacks and food were a big hit with all the young players and a great way of promoting healthy eating. Area librarian Duncan Mead said: “It was a fantasitc event and everyone that took part thoroughly enjoyed it. The Boys into Books funding has allowed us to hold an exciting event that promotes reading, keeping fit and celebrates Black History Month. We are looking forward to doing it all over again next year.”