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Author Day at the Proact

16 June 2019

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Children from a number of local primary schools attended an Author Day, which was organised by Chesterfield FC Community Trust and staged at the Proact on Friday.

Pupils from the following schools attended the event: Spire Juniors, Calow C of E Primary, Newbold Church School, Staveley Juniors and Brimington Juniors.
 

Author Matt Oldfield hosted a workshop on creative writing while the club's head of media & communications, Nick Johnson, delivered a session on sports news writing.

Pupils were asked to write a fictional football story and a number of the stories were read out at the end of the afternoon. The judges - Matt, Nick & club mascot Chester - were very impressed with the standard of the stories and were faced with a tough choice to pick out a winner.

They eventually decided that the best story was the following piece, written by Alea Duquemin from Spire Junior School:

All he could see was the bright ray of the sun and the blinding lights as he entered the pitch.

Anxious thoughts flooded his mind, causing his body to sweat. As he took in the wonderful smell of fresh-cut grass, he felt his anxiousness melt and fade into thin air.

Before he knew it, he was on the pitch with the ball in front of him and instead of anxious feelings, determination filled his body, his movement sleek and then...

The ball flew into the goal and suddenly, his team-mates shouted, 'You..you scored!' Just then and only then, the crowd chanted, 'Max! Max! Max!' over and over.

The drummer beat his drum so loudly the fans could hardly hear, but nobody cared. The only thing they cared about was Max and his magnificent goal.

Keith Jackson, the Community Trust's activities manager, said: "The day brought together children from five of our partner schools to engage with literacy at the Proact Stadium.

"The children had a fantastic time and a huge thanks to Matt, Nick and Darren Parkinson for their efforts in making the day a huge success.

"All 65 children wrote some wonderful stories and left with a personalised signed book from Matt. Hopefully they will have left not just with great memories but with a renewed enthusiasm for writing."


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