SCHOOL VISITS

Hi, this is Matt speaking. Would you like me to come and visit your school/library/bookshop for football reading and writing fun? I’d love to!

I live in London but I’m available for literacy and creative writing sessions across the UK. I’ve delivered workshops in schools and in association with organisations including the National Literacy Trust and Football Beyond Borders.

To discuss details, practicalities and costs, please email me at oldfield.matt@gmail.com. Teachers, librarians, booksellers, I look forward to hearing from you!

Testimonials

“The children loved the workshops and were very engaged. The sessions were interactive which engaged the children and there was a good balance between listening, writing and sharing. Many of them wanted to carry on afterwards which is always a sign of success! It was lovely to see lots of boys that are normally reluctant readers/writers with their hands up and wanting to share their work!”

Nicola Taylor, Literacy Leader, Palm Bay Primary School

“The start of the presentation was fun/entertaining and seemed to hook the pupils in so they were enthusiastic about the writing section. Well pitched for age group at ‘reluctant’ reader/writer level. Challenging yet accessible…Many commented to teachers that they really enjoyed the session. I have since had keen requests for the biographies from pupils who attended – many of whom are not normally enthusiastic about borrowing books!”

Michelle Kane, Librarian, Gleniffer High School

“Matt’s relaxed approach worked really well with our pupils. His encouragement during the writing process also had a positive effect…The quiz at the start relaxed and engaged students. Many of the pupils in the ‘middle’ section were selected because of their love of football – they were very engaged and interested in the lesson and were able to demonstrate this in their writing.”

Tracey Houston, Principal English Teacher, Castlehead High School

“Excellent balance between education and fun. The session was age-appropriate and very well pitched…Even the children who are not ‘football mad’ enjoyed the session as it was adapted accordingly e.g. a different sport. The children particularly enjoyed Matt’s 1:1 interaction with them.”

Helen Hughes, Deputy Headteacher, West Felton C of E Primary School

“The balance was good, and well-pitched for each age group.  Matt had a very good rapport with the students, and made sure that each was heard and encouraged.  He listened to their interest and knowledge of football, which they loved.”

Sue Raybould, Information Centre Manager, The Long Eaton School