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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 and organised by youth development worker Andy Willetts. Teams from Medway Police, Medway youth service and Lordswood library 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. Community librarian Richard Pemberton organised funding for the event through 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. 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.”