Thursday 10th August
During the school holidays, there’s no better place to while away a few hours than the National Football Museum in Manchester. The museum has always been really supportive of our books, and it was great to see the series on display in the shop.
I had been to the National Football Museum a few times before but this was my first trip for ‘business’, rather than pleasure. After a quick look around (I really recommend the new Pelé exhibition), it was time to get to work. I ran two ‘Playmaker’ creative football writing workshops in the museum’s excellent learning space, one in the morning and one in the early afternoon. There were about 20 kids in each session, with accompanying parents, grandparents and older siblings. Everyone was encouraged to take a worksheet and get involved!
Despite many of them coming straight from sweaty skills sessions downstairs, the kids got stuck in to their fact files and story writing. It certainly helped that they were writing about football, and specifically their first ever goals.
After listening to their brilliant creative writing pieces, we all made our way down to the shop, where the new Messi and Ronaldo books were on sale. It was nice to see that the kids were almost as excited as us about the awesome series design!
I had a great day at the National Football Museum and hopefully I’ll be returning for more workshops during the Christmas and Easter school holidays. Do come along!