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West Ham footballer visits Ilford school that completed more than 680,000 minutes of reading in a month

PUBLISHED: 14:30 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:54 02 May 2018

Pupils at Apex Primary School in Ilford celebrate with Bubbles the Bear, and West Ham United FC player Amber Stobbs. Photo: Jessica Bull

Pupils at Apex Primary School in Ilford celebrate with Bubbles the Bear, and West Ham United FC player Amber Stobbs. Photo: Jessica Bull

Jessica Bull

An Ilford primary school had a special visit from a West Ham footballer to congratulate pupils on their performance in a national reading competition.

Pupils at Apex Primary School kicking illiteracy out of the park at a celebration event with West Ham United and Achievement for All. photo: Jessica BullPupils at Apex Primary School kicking illiteracy out of the park at a celebration event with West Ham United and Achievement for All. photo: Jessica Bull

Apex Primary School, Argyle Road, clocked a remarkable 683,419 minutes of reading and finished in the top four schools across the UK taking part in the 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge.

Today (Tuesday, May 1) pupils and staff got to meet Amber Stobbs, player for West Ham United Ladies FC, as well as mascot Bubbles the Bear as they received a signed shirt and £1,000 worth of books from campaign sponsor, Book People.

West Ham United Foundation joined forces with education charity, Achievement for All, on their 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge, which has seen 200,000 children in schools, homes and community groups across Britain kick illiteracy out of the park as they read more than 100 million minutes over the month of March.

Speaking about their impressive result in the challenge, the literacy co-ordinator at the school, Miss Sultanah Parvin said: “Our kids worked so hard in this competition because they absolutely love reading. It is one of the many things that Apex has always set as a high aspiration, and we are delighted it has paid off.”

Bubbles the Bear and Amber Stobbs congratulate pupils at Apex Primary School for their achievements in the 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge. Photo: Jessica Bull.Bubbles the Bear and Amber Stobbs congratulate pupils at Apex Primary School for their achievements in the 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge. Photo: Jessica Bull.

Offering her congratulations, footballer, Amber Stobbs, said: “I’d like to say a massive well done to all of the pupils at Apex Primary School for your incredible reading efforts. With that level of determination and commitment, I have no doubt that each and every one of you will go on to realise your dreams.

“I always knew I wanted to be a footballer and while my journey has had its fair share of set-backs and obstacles to overcome, with hard work and perseverance I’m now living out my dream. It can be easy to judge a book by its cover, but having good literacy skills and being able to express yourself helps you to realise your ambitions no matter who you are, where you come from or what you want to be.”


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