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WHSmith to give out books at Crawley Town Football Ground in celebration of World Book Day

Children will be able to swap their £1 World Book Day token for one of the twelve exclusive 2019 World Book Day books [subject to availability] to take home from the match.



WHSmith is once again supporting World Book Day, the worldwide mission to give every child and young person a book of their own.

Recognised in over 100 countries across the globe, World Book Day is the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK.

Working in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and the Premier League, WHSmith will be supporting World Book Day this year with pop-up book stalls at football club match days across the UK this March.

Children will be able to swap their £1 World Book Day token for one of the twelve exclusive 2019 World Book Day books [subject to availability] to take home from the match. You can see which books are available with the token here.

World Book Day tokens will be handed out on arrival to all children attending the match at Crawley Town Football Club’s home fixture on Saturday 9th March.

The WHSmith pop-up stall will be located in the Devil’s Den for all children to redeem their free books.


Chelsea FC Foundation brings initiative to Crawley school

The Chelsea Champions Programme is a Premier League funded project that enables Chelsea FC Foundation to place full-time staff within secondary schools and Thomas Bennett Community College was chosen for their programme.



The aim of their programme is to increase physical activity, support leadership qualities and improve social, emotional wellbeing and increase resilience of pupils through a number of universal, targeted and individual initiatives.

Cutting through the jargon it is an exercise on both educating and motivating young people, in particular those who may be finding it harder than others with everyday situations

A spokesperson for Cheslea FC Foundation said:

“Here at Thomas Bennett Community College (TBCC) our Chelsea Champion is; Lauren Owens, who is supported by a Chelsea mentor; Yannick Jean. The Chelsea Fc Foundation Sussex department have taken over the old youth wing attached to TBCC, rebranded and relaunched it as the Community Hub. Open every day after school from 3-5pm, Monday-Thursday to TBCC students and Primary School students on a Friday. During half term, we open the Hub for Holiday Activities.

As part of support offered at TBCC, Chelsea FC Foundation have developed the Skills School project. An alternative learning provision that is to encourage positive behaviour in a group of ‘high profile’ students that struggle within main stream lessons. They take part in a variety of different activities and topics from English to Health and Wellbeing, Maths to Personal Skills. The aim is not only to help improve their behaviour in and around school but improve their self-esteem and resilience.”

Last Friday (15th March), the u18s Chelsea Academy Scholars delivered a session based around raising aspirations.

The foundation said the session was something planned out by the U18s Chelsea Academy Scholars based on information that they were given about the group of students.

The activities included looking at questions to encourage conversations around the following; ‘what being a role model was?’, ‘what qualities does a good role model have?’ and ‘what does aspirations mean?’ The main message they  put across to the students involved in the activity was that hard work pays off.”

For more information on how Chelsea FC Foundation can support your school, club or community please contact them on

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