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News from our partners: Tackling book poverty at Shropshire leisure centres

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News from our partners Shropshire Community Leisure Trust Ltd 

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust, which manages Shrewsbury Sports Village, The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre (in Shrewsbury), Oswestry Leisure Centre and Market Drayton Swimming & Fitness Centre on behalf of Shropshire Council, has announced a link up with national charity the Children’s Book Project, which will see books collected via the trust’s facilities distributed to underprivileged children across the UK.

Book ownership has been directly linked with improved mental health, while reading fluency itself has a significant impact on children’s successful progression through education. The Children’s Book Project is looking to tackle ‘book poverty’, giving every child the opportunity to own a book.

The trust team are asking local people with good quality children’s books to drop them off at its facilities. Each centre will have a dedicated ‘book bin’ for customers to use.

A girl in a book bin

Children’s Book Project at local leisure centres

Chris Stanbrook, Partnership Manager for the trust, said:-

“We’re delighted to link up with the Children’s Book Project, helping them with their important work of providing books to children who may be currently missing out on this crucial element of a young person’s educational development.

“We will be hosting the book bins until Friday 10 June 2022, so if you’re someone with unwanted, but good quality, children’s books for the under 12s in your home, please pop along to one of our centres and give the gift of reading.”

Kirstin Knell from the Children’s Book Project told us:-

“We are over the moon to be supported by Shropshire Community Leisure Trust, whose centres provide such an important way for the local community to get together.  Every book donated by families will be gifted on by our volunteers to children with few of their own. We’re so looking forward to seeing the results of everyone’s spring sort of their bookshelves and sharing the very real impact these books have had.”

One of the book bins, plus 2 staff members holding books

Children’s Book Project at local leisure centres

The Children’s Book Project was registered as a charity in 2019, won the Queen’s Award for Volunteering in 2020, and to date has donated over 600,000 books across the UK.

Shrewsbury Sports Village, The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre (in Shrewsbury), Oswestry Leisure Centre and Market Drayton Swimming & Fitness Centre are operated by Shropshire Community Leisure Trust in partnership with Serco Leisure, on behalf of Shropshire Council. For details of all the trust’s sites, people should visit the website: https://www.shropshireleisurecentres.com/

Further information 

About Shropshire Community Leisure Trust

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust manages Market Drayton Swimming Pool, Oswestry Leisure Centre, Shrewsbury Sports Village and The Quarry swimming pools.

Our vision is the creation and maintenance of a first class range of healthy leisure and recreational activities and facilities to serve all parts of the communities in the areas we serve.

We work in partnership with the community and all relevant bodies including, but not restricted to, existing providers of relevant leisure and recreational activities, local councils of all sorts, and potential funding partners. For more information, visit our website: Shropshire Community Leisure Trust