Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart, asks pupils what they love about living in Shropshire in Reading the Game, a booklet printed by Welshpool Printing Group.

In Reading the Game, Joe asks pupils: “Why is Shropshire such a good place to live? What are the good things about your school?

“What are the sporting facilities like in your area?”

Joe, (pictured below) who made 58 appearances for Shrewsbury Town FC, is supporting the educational initiative by Shrewsbury Town in the Community (STITC).  The booklet aims to use the motivational power of football and sport, to inspire young people to read more and to improve their literacy skills.

Shrewsbury Town FC’s mascot, Lenny the Lion, is starting to deliver the interactive Reading the Game booklets personally today, to schools across Shropshire.


Reading the Game also delivers the statutory requirements of the new curriculum. It encourages children to watch a short film about Respect and to design a poster with an eye-catching slogan and relevant images, for a Respect Campaign.

It also asks pupils to write a newspaper report on Shrewsbury Town’s FA Cup 4th Round match against Liverpool FC in 2019/20. And they are asked to step into the shoes of Chief Executive, Brian Caldwell, to see how they would run the club.

A spokesperson for the charity, STITC said: “Our aim is to utilise the power of sport to help make Shropshire flourish.

“Our goals are simple, we aim to improve health and well-being, build stronger and safer communities and create better life chances.”

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