Have you got unbelievable rugby tekkers? Bridgend Library and Information Service is inviting you to put your money where your boot is by taking part in a challenge that combines rugby and reading.
Youngsters aged 7 – 11 can team up with their parent or carer and kick their way to glory in a ‘penalty kick challenge’, which is being held at the all-new Bridgend Library in Bridgend Recreation Centre.
As part of the competition, the participants will hone their rugby talents and dust off their reading skills in a series of workshops which will take place at the centre during March. All teams will then go head-to-head in a battle of both brain and brawn at the grand slam final on Monday 12 May at Bridgend Library, where they will also be able to meet popular children’s author, Tom Palmer.
The workshops will be kitted out with skills lessons with the Ospreys, a rap master class with Cardiff-based hip-hop songwriter and producer Jason Camilleri, a chance to create comic book characters with local artist Rianne Rowlands, and fun and games with local children’s entertainer and funny man Mike Church.
At each workshop, the teams will also be assigned a selection of fiction, non-fiction, rugby news articles and comics to read, and they will need to keep their eye on the ball as they will be tested on what they have learned in the final.
Councillor Lyn Morgan, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said: “With the likes of local star Rhys Webb currently battling for Wales in the Six Nations, this penalty kick challenge is a great opportunity for local youngsters to showcase their skills and emulate their rugby heroes.
“We all know that rugby is a popular pastime for many youngsters across Wales, but reading can often be lower on their agenda – especially for boys, and this is something that we are working to change.
“This event will show local young people that with the right book they can get a big kick out of reading, and that their local library has thousands of different exciting books and other materials for them to enjoy.”
Spaces on the challenge are limited, so residents are advised to sidestep their way to the front of the pack by registering their interest as soon as possible.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to win challenge, or for more information, contact Diana Apperley on 01656 642048, or email Diana.firstname.lastname@example.org.