|New Zealand players (L-R) Krisnan Inu, Shaun Johnson, Roger Tuivasa and Kevin Locke with pupils from St Nicholas Catholic Primary School|
Rugby League World Cup 2013 stars went back to school this week to encourage pupils to try extra hard with their reading.
Four members of the New Zealand squad took a break from preparations for Friday night’s crunch quarter final with Scotland at Headingley Carnegie stadium to visit St Nicholas Catholic Primary School on Oakwood Lane in Gipton.
Current word champions Krisnan Inu, Roger Tuivasa, Shaun Johnson and Kevin Locke helped the youngsters with their reading during the visit on Tuesday morning.
Pupils decorated the school with balloons and New Zealand flags to welcome the Kiwis, who were visiting off the back of their team’s victory against Papua New Guinea last week, which was watched by 18,180 thrilled spectators at Headingley.
Headteacher Paul Lawson said pupils were really excited to meet the players.
He said: “Anything that can inspire children to read is of great worth. For our children to see such high profile sports people who think that reading is important and enjoyable can only be of great help.”
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure, said:
“There’s been such a huge buzz around the Rugby League World Cup games here in Leeds and I’m sure the atmosphere at Friday’s match will be electric.
“Having high profile stars like the New Zealand players coming into schools always makes a huge impression on children and helps to reinforce the importance of reading and learning in a way that is fun and exciting for our pupils.