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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Carlisle football coach's book set to score with children

A football coach in Carlisle who struggled with his reading as a child has written a book.

Scott Cormack photo
Scott Cormack

Scott Cormack runs the Little Kickers football sessions for children at St Luke’s Church Hall in Morton and Belah and Botcherby Community Centres in Carlisle.

Scott’s book is called Ali B v The Universe and is a quirky, rhyming story about a boxer dog and his battle to save football from the alien invasion.

Scott said: “As a Little Kickers franchisee, specialising in coaching children age 18 months to seven years, I try to make football games into stories and adventures which the children are eager to act out and experience.

“Writing and illustrating the book was just the next step. Initially I told a shortened version of the story before playing a game called space invaders. Parents kept saying that I should write a book but I never saw myself as an author, especially when I remember my childhood and the negative experiences I had with reading.”

Although Scott was never diagnosed with dyslexia, he recalls that he could not read very well as a child.

He said: “I vividly remember all the things my mum did to help me to read. Things like holding a ruler under each line or cutting a hole in a piece of paper to stop the words wobbling and jumping around the page.

“I love her dearly for her patience as it couldn’t have been easy.

“I now believe that linking physical activity to the reading is the key to helping children embrace reading.

“This helps children avoid the negative feelings I experienced growing up and helps children to embrace books instead of avoiding them.”

Ali B v The Universe is published by 2QT at £6.99.

It has been endorsed by Christine Stanschus, managing director, of the Little Kickers franchising group, and Ian Bateman, the Football Association’s regional coach development manager for five to 11-year-olds.

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