A special presentation ceremony during half time at the Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford served as a final celebration for the year-long partnership between The Reading Agency and RLWC2013 to deliver the Six Book Challenge and encourage less confident readers in areas typically populated by Rugby League fans.
The Six Book Challenge invites adult literacy learners and less confident readers to read six books and record their progress in a diary in order to receive a certificate. It is being increasingly recognised as a key intervention using reading for pleasure to help tackle this country's continuing skills deficit. Key partners in bringing the Six Book Challenge to Rugby League fans, using specially branded materials, have been public library services, workplaces and trade unions.
England international and Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who is a Six Book Challenge ambassador said: "It's been an honour to be associated with this project. I know first-hand that it has had an extremely positive effect on the literacy and lives of hundreds of adults and young people, and I'm pleased to have played just a small part in the process."
Find out more about the honours at the Reading Agency Website
We have recently received this interesting report back from the Andy Holgate Events that are running all over the North West and Yorkshire from Alison in Bolton
I had immediately been attracted to Andy Holgate's events as an overweight Library Assistant who started running in July and is due to run my first 5k in November. I really wanted to hear what he was going to say about the Iron Man competitions and his journey to athleticism.
The talk was held in one of the library lecture rooms and I sat looking around a bit nervously in my running gear as I need to practice hills so had decided to run home (with two small children I have to take every training opportunity available).
Bolton is home to the Ironman Competition each July and I was unsurprised to see some very fit looking people who were already Ironman competitors or thinking about it. There were lots of ordinary looking folk too ready to be inspired. I certainly was, especially when he illustrated the distance the competitors go as being from Bolton to Lockerbie - and all in under 17 hours!
Andy began by explaining that he had agreed to undertake his first triathlon as a bet from a friend after running several local races. At this point he hadn't cycled anywhere for 20+ years and couldn't swim very well. He therefore needed swimming lessons where he developed his open water swimming technique.
After surprising himself by enjoying the triathlon he then decided to undertake his first Ironman competition - as his stag do!
The rest of his talk explained the challenges of various other triathlons/Ironman contests, how to prepare for an Ironman and a question and answer session. There were various amusing stories which I won't digress so as to avoid spoilers.
Suffice it to say, it was very enjoyable and I ran back from the library (all the way uphill) feeling very inspired.
Check out the Try Reading WHAT'S ON section to catch up with Andy - if you can!
“Anything is possible” - Andy Holgate FREE event
Adventurous author, Andy Holgate, will be in Stalybridge (Tameside) on Tuesday 15th October 2013.
Nominated in 2012 for the British Sports Book Award as “Best New Writer” – He will be talking about his books, his triathlon experiences and how he powers through life.
Andy Holgate's epic journey from being an overweight librarian to an Ironman triathlete. Before he could even begin the rollercoaster ride which amassed more punctures than Andy cares to remember, this would-be Superman had first to buy a second-hand bike and take swimming lessons. Along the way, he ended up in hospital, dealt with family crises, encountered crocodiles and deadly amoebas, and persuaded his friends that doing an Ironman event is not what normal people do on their stag weekend
All chronicled in both books “Can’t Swim Can’t Ride and Can’t Run”and“Can’t Sleep, Can’t Train and can’t stop” – this dynamic night is to be held at Copley Leisure Centre in Stalybridge, from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.
Tickets are FREE and can be booked over the phone on 0161 303 8118.
Andy has also visited other locations within the North West and Yorkshire and his events always prove to be a big draw as well as being an engrossing night.
If you’ve been taking part in The Reading Agency’s RLWC2013 Six Book Challenge
make sure you’ve completed your reading diary. Monday 14 October is the final deadline for a chance to win FREE tickets to a match in the World Cup. And the first prizewinner will get to meet Six Book Challenge champion Jamie Jones-Buchanan on the pitch at the Old Trafford final. Don’t miss out - contact your local library NOW!