All About Matt Oldfield
Matt Oldfield is the co-author of the Ultimate Football Heroes series. Together with his brother Tom, Matt hatched a killer plan to write the kind of fun football books that weren’t available when they were growing up. These exciting biographies of superstar footballers including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane are a great way to engage football-mad reluctant readers. The books have been championed by literacy charities such as the National Literacy Trust, Beanstalk and Read for Good, and they feature in Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader scheme. To date, the Ultimate Football Heroes series has sold over 150,000 copies in the UK alone.
For his school visits, Matt offers large assembly-style author presentations or smaller classroom workshops, or, best of all, a winning mixture of the two! In his literacy workshops (45mins-1hr each), Matt pairs up aspects of sporting life (e.g. first goals, setbacks, teamwork) with aspects of writing (e.g. setting, emotion, story structure, dialogue). Here are five of his most popular workshops, ranging from KS1 to KS3:
This is Matt’s KS1 workshop. The fun interactive session moves through the joys of reading and the reading ‘dream team’ (family, teachers, librarians etc.), before finishing with pupils writing about, and drawing, their heroes.
- First Goal Stories
This is Matt’s most popular workshop, especially in primary schools. Using Gareth Bale’s first Southampton goal as inspiration, pupils use setting and emotion to write and tell their own exciting first goal stories.
- Making Non-Fiction Fun
This workshop is great for classes with fewer football fans. The pupils learn about how Matt’s books combine facts with story techniques (dialogue, emotion, setting) and then have a go at writing fun non-fiction of their own.
- Who is the Ultimate Football Hero?
If persuasive writing is your class theme, then this is the workshop for you! The pupils pick their favourite football (or sporting) hero and then use comparatives, superlatives and evidence to argue their case. There can only be one winner!
- Bouncing Back from Setbacks
This is Matt’s most popular workshop in secondary schools, as it ties in nicely with PSHE themes such as resilience and growth mindset. Using Gareth Bale’s early injury problems as inspiration, pupils use description, dialogue and structure to write their own stories of bouncing back from setbacks.
The bestselling Ultimate and Classic Football Heroes series tell the stories of the largest names in football, from their humble origins to international stardom.
Delve deep into their football journeys as you discover; Kane’s road to the 2018 World Cup, how Beckham learnt to bend the ball and much, much more…
The Football Heroes series has sold over 150,000 copies in the UK and has been highly acclaimed for encouraging reluctant readers.
Recommendations & Reviews
“The children loved the workshops and were very engaged. The sessions were interactive which engaged the children and there was a good balance between listening, writing and sharing. Many of them wanted to carry on afterwards which is always a sign of success! It was lovely to see lots of boys that are normally reluctant readers/writers with their hands up and wanting to share their work!”
Nicola Taylor, Literacy Leader, Palm Bay Primary School
“The start of the presentation was fun/entertaining and seemed to hook the pupils in so they were enthusiastic about the writing section. Well-pitched for age group at ‘reluctant’ reader/writer level. Challenging yet accessible…Many commented to teachers that they really enjoyed the session. I have since had keen requests for the biographies from pupils who attended – many of whom are not normally enthusiastic about borrowing books!”
Michelle Kane, Librarian, Gleniffer High School
To Make a Booking
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