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'Books into Schools' scheme

27 November 2013

This Thursday (28 November 2013) will see Bantams joint-chairman Mark Lawn presenting to his old primary school Parkland (previously known as Thorpe Edge) a set of Bradford City-related children’s reading books.

The illustrated book, The League of Dreams, focuses on Bradford City’s historic 2012/2013 season which saw the club reach Wembley twice, culminating with the clubs promotion to League 1.

Mr Lawn's presentation at Parkland School will co-inside with the distribution of a further 900 books which will go into all Bradford primary schools through the assistance of Education Bradford and Bradford City Football In The Community.


‘The books into Schools’ scheme has been jointly funded by supporters group Friends of Bradford City and the club's community partner, The Co-Operative.

The supply of six books into each school will be supported by three learning cards and an ‘I took part’ certificate. The book has a reading level of 6-7 years (Phase 6 – Purple band) which relates broadly to the National Curriculum 2B level.

The book's editorial content has been overseen by Primary School Head Master and member of the Bradford City Supporters board, Phil Abbott.

Mark Neale, Friends of BCFC Chairman, said "This unique book is an excellent way of not only providing an exciting way of offering a memento of that history making season, but also fulfilling a real need, and offering encouragement for local children to improve their reading skills.

"I have been excited by this project since Mick Shackleton (project leader for FoBCFC) first brought it to our attention. I think the idea of children improving their reading and also learning about the history of the club is an absolutely fantastic thing for Bradford City".

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