RLWC 2013 helps Promote literacy skills

Date published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Rugby League World Cup 2013 will be working with The Reading Agency to support the ‘Six Book Challenge’.

Leeds Rhinos and England player Jamie Jones-Buchanan will spearhead the initiative which will enable public libraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons to put books into the hands of sports fans.

Organisations running the Six Book Challenge will have the opportunity to bid for their events to feature the Rugby League World Cup trophy and involve international players based in the UK.

Marketing manager, Mark Foster said: “We’re using the World Cup – the next major UK sporting event after the Olympics –  to inspire, motivate and educate as many people as possible. The Six Book Challenge is an important part of this.”

Jamie Jones-Buchanan said: “I didn’t really start reading until I was about 24/25 years old. My starting point was Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. I went on to read other Dan Brown books.

“I now read with my three sons as often as I can. It is important for them to read regularly.

“My message to rugby league fans who are thinking of signing up for the Six Book Challenge would be give it a go. Don’t be shy or embarrassed, even if you haven’t read for a long time. No one will be judging you and it can only bring you good things.”