Just under two years ago we tragically lost our dear friend Jonny Zucker and exactly one year ago (on Mental Health Day 2017) we launched the Striker Boy campaign in his memory. We are taking today to look back on everything we had achieved over the past 12 months. Our target, which seemed overwhelmingly
Sadly, due to financial hardship and a lack of classroom space The Crescent Academy in Stoke-on-Trent had to turn their library into an extra classroom. This meant that the children no longer had a place to browse and enjoy age appropriate books. The school was determined to have a library space, and not having the funds to construct a library building wasn’t going to stand in their way…
Running the workshop at Leicester was a really special moment for us and the children and club staff were all fantastic. The club also generously donated a Leicester shirt as a prize in our writing competition. The competition runs until July 8th and has some really fantastic prizes.
Put simply, #GivingTuesday is a day to do good stuff for charity. The campaign launched in the UK in 2014 and has gone on to become one of Britain’s biggest days of charity. There are no set rules, people are simply encouraged to pick any charity they want and do something to support them. In 2017
Our national writing competition is free to enter and open to all children aged 12 and under. Download the competition pack today and get writing! There are some great prizes on offer for the winners.
We reached out to all 92 league football clubs asking for their support, and the response has been fantastic. We’ve had lots of firsts. Yeovil were the first club to publicly promote the campaign, Arsenal were the first Premier League winners to support the campaign, Coventry were the first FA Cup winners to give us
Win a copy of Striker Boy signed by not one but two Arsenal strikers! Entry is free and the winner will be announced on Tuesday November 6th.
Jonny Zucker was a huge Arsenal fan and had season tickets with his sons. In fact, not many people know this (until now!) but the fictional team in Striker Boy, Hatton Rangers, were originally going to be based in Kentish Town. However, eventually Jonny decided that it wouldn’t be believable to have another premier league
Jonny Zucker was a huge fan of football and as well as being an author he was also an FA qualified coach. Ever since he was a teenager he’d always wanted to write a football themed thriller, and Striker Boy was that book! That’s why we decided to reach out to all 92
We were very grateful for the opportunity to visit BBC Radio London and talk about the Striker Boy campaign. Presenter Petrie Hosken has herself lost a close friend to suicide, and it was a poignant and thought provoking discussion. The audio should play automatically, but if it doesn’t then click here to listen. You can