It's the draw for the Euro 2012 finals this week. On Friday 2nd December, to be precise. Then we will know who England will be pitched against in Poland and Ukraine.
The tournament takes place from 8th June to 1st July.
During the World Cup in 2010 I worked with the National Literacy Trust, using the tournament to promote reading in schools and libraries. We had over 100,000 downloads of our materials.
As a result, we are doing the same for Euro 2012. This is what we have planned.
By the way, it's all free.
(1) a free downloadable episodic story based around the tournament, written by me the evening before publication every week day of Euro 2012;
(2) a free daily writing exercise based on the events and controversies of the tournament;
(3) regular blog and tweeting of the best reading in all formats about Euro 2012;
(4) more free toolkits of ideas and activities to inspire reading and writing using football tournaments.
In addition, I will be on tour for ten weeks in May, June and July 2012, offering my Football Reading Game in schools. Schools can book me by emailing email@example.com.
Finally, my new series, The Squad, launches kicks off just before the tournament. The first book - Black Op - is based at the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland.
This log sounds more like an advert. I'm sorry. But it's all good stuff and I wanted to give everyone a good early warning.