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Tasif Khan makes reading a hit for kids

08 Apr 2015

A top Bradford boxer has helped pupils learn the joys of reading after he visited their school to talk about his favourite book.

Tasif Khan who recently made his boxing comeback spoke to 50 boys at Dixons Allerton Academy in March as part of the Bradford Literacy Campaign’s ongoing work to provide strong male role models who read and write for enjoyment.

Tasif from Girlington helped launch the campaign last year and spoke to pupils about his favourite book, Mohammed Ali’s autobiography ‘The Greatest: My Own Story.’

Tasif said to the Telegraph & Argus:
“When I was younger my favourite books were ones by Roald Dahl, like George's Marvellous Medicine. As I got older I read Muhammad Ali's autobiography, he was a big role model to me.

He was the greatest boxer, but as I read this I found out he was much more than that, that is what stuck with me, it is not just what he has done in the ring. Reading this taught me a lot about being strong minded. A lot of boys say they don't like reading, but it is something that is so important. I've known that when I have to do things like read contracts."

Imran Hafeez Bradford Hub manager at National Literacy Trust says:
“When children see how reading benefits the people they look up to it can have a really powerful impact. This is why it’s fantastic to have the support of a local sports star who finds motivation to achieve success through reading as part of our continuing work to promote strong reading role models in Bradford.”

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