Robins’ youngsters Josh Guzdek, Connor Robinson and Sonny Esslemont have all recently lent their support to the ‘TRY Reading’ initiative which has been taking place across various East Riding libraries.
The scheme has been created by the Reading Agency who have worked in partnership with Rugby League World Cup 2013 to deliver it to local children aged four and over. Players from both the Robins and Hull FC have given up their time in recent weeks to go along and read stories to the children. Josh and Connor attended Hornsea Library, whilst Sonny put his reading skills to the test at Hedon Library. All three were more than happy to get involved with what is a very worthwhile scheme and Sonny commented:
“It was quite daunting having to read to an audience as it’s not something I’ve done before. Once I got a few pages in I was ok though and it was a really enjoyable experience. Initiatives like this are great as they’re using the vehicle of professional sport to help educate children and it’s good fun!”
All of the children who attended the sessions were also given the opportunity to win a limited edition Hull-themed Rugby League World Cup 2013 ball. Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture at Easting Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:
“These events are a great opportunity for our children to develop a passion for reading and listen to some of their favourite stories being told by professional rugby league players. With the Rugby League World Cup being played on our doorstep, East Riding libraries is thrilled to support this incredible event and get young people reading as a result.”