Kids on the ball with their reading skills

Pictured is Isaac Hewson-Betts in goal at penalty shootout

Pictured is Isaac Hewson-Betts in goal at penalty shootout

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CHILDREN showed their football knowledge was spot on during a reading workshop.

Tom Palmer, author of the Foul Play series of books, visited youngsters at Todmorden C of E School to lead the football themed session.

Tom, who uses football as a way of getting children interested in reading, spoke to pupils about his books and then put them to the test with a sporting quiz.

Those who correctly answered questions were entered into a penalty shootout competition at the end of the session.

“It was a really good afternoon,” Tom said. “They are a good bunch.”

Tom’s visit came about after pupil Isaac Hewson-Betts, eight, got in touch with him about his books.

“Isaac emailed me and asked if I could come in to the school, so it was nice to be able to do that,” Tom said.

During the afternoon, children also had a chance to ask Tom questions about his books.

His latest novel Black Op, which is topically set in Poland just before the European Championship, will be published in May.

Tom has recently returned from Norway where he was carrying out research for his next book White Fear, which is set in the Arctic Circle.

Tom explained to the children that several of his books are set abroad and he likes to visit the countries to make sure his descriptions of the landscape are accurate.

“I enjoy the travelling around,” he said.

“I like going on my own but I prefer it if I can take my family with me.”

He visits more than 200 schools around the country each year to deliver his football themed reading workshops.

“It’s about making reading exciting,” he said.

“I enjoy it and it’s a good way of meeting the children.

“If you are a new author, it’s good to get out there.”

Headteacher Chris Wightman thanked Tom for his visit.

“It was a really entertaining and exciting afternoon,” he said.

“The children really enjoyed it.”