|Touchdown for Try Reading
Wigan Warriors are 'fully booked' for World Cup-themed literary challenge
ON the rugby pitch they're real winners and they've won every trophy the game has to offer. But now Wigan Warriors are about to take on a challenge of a different kind as they limber up and prepare to get down to some serious...reading.
To celebrate the launch of Wigan Borough's very own Try Reading project, the Warriors will be swapping passes for page-turners as they embark on their very own Six Book Challenge. The Warriors are the first full team to ever take up the challenge.
Try Reading is an exciting initiative that aims to promote and celebrate this year's Rugby League World Cup. More than 30 public library services across the North of England have joined forces to put on a host of reading and rugby-themed event in the run-up to this October's big kick-off.
WLCT (Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust) is leading the Try Reading charge in Wigan Borough through its network of libraries.
On Wednesday May 8 Wigan Warriors will take time out from their regular training session at Edge Hall Road, Orrell, to sign up to the scheme and become the first Rugby League team to take on the Six Book Challenge.
Wigan Libraries Outreach and Programme Manager for WLCT Rita Devlin explains: The Six Book Challenge is a national initiative from The Reading Agency that has been designed the help people get back into reading. All you have to do is choose six books you would like to read and then chart your progress in a diary.
Wigan Warriors have agreed to take part in the challenge and the players who will be doing it will post regular updates on how they are doing on the club's website.
There will be lots of other events taking place as part of Try Reading and we hope that the Warriors' involvement will turn lots more people on to the joys of reading.
So, will Sam Tomkins be sifting through Sense and Sensibility after the showers? Or will Pat Richards be pondering Pride and Prejudice during the pre-match interviews? We'll all have to wait until Wednesday to find out.
Warriors' captain Sean O'Loughlin says: Many people will think that the lads would rather take on the St Helen's pack single-handedly than open a book but the truth is slightly different.
Reading is a great way to relax and unwind. It takes your mind off the pressures of the game and many of the players like nothing more than getting into a good book.
We're all looking forward to taking the Six Book Challenge. We hope it lets our young fans know that reading is really important and will give you pleasure for your whole life.
Funded with an award from the National Lottery supported £6 million Grants for the arts libraries fund through Arts Council England, Try Reading covers a geographical area spanning from the Wirral to Hull. In the run-up to the World Cup there are more than 150 planned events that will help hundreds of people not only get into reading, but writing and drama as well.
In Wigan Borough, the Wigan Warriors won't be the only ones promoting the project. Not to be outdone by their near neighbours, the Leigh Centurions will be starting their very own Six Book Challenge later in May.
Wigan Council's Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Chris Ready says: We're really proud and pleased that the Warriors and the Centurions are supporting this initiative.
Once again our borough is leading the way in sport and culture because they are the first teams to take part. The Rugby League World Cup will be coming to our borough this year and we want everyone to be part of it. You can start now by visiting your local library and finding out more about Try Reading and the Six Book Challenge.
We know all the players taking part in the project will give it their very best. These guys are real winners and the message to everyone is: winners read.
- To find out more about Try Reading visit the website: www.tryreading.org
- To keep in touch with the Wigan Warriors' progress on the Six Book Challenge keep checking the club's website: www.wiganwarriors.com
- For more information on events taking place in Wigan Borough's libraries visit Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust's website: www.wlct.org