The Northampton Town FC Community Trust have given 255 free, brand-new books and 49 WHSmith vouchers to 25 primary schools in the local area to support young readers as part of an exciting partnership between Premier League Primary Stars and the National Literacy Trust to celebrate World Book Day.
The partnership has enabled 27,000 free books to be distributed to schools across England and Wales via 81 professional football club community organisations delivering the Premier League Primary Stars education programme.
National Literacy Trust research found that children who own their own books are nearly three times more likely to enjoy reading. Lockdowns have made it difficult for children to access physical books because of school and public library closures, so getting copies of books into the hands of children is more vital than ever.
Since the launch of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme in 2016, the Premier League has distributed 152,000 free books to school children. Kelly Rees, Schools Manager from the Northampton Town FC Community Trust said: “It is great to be able to positively impact local communities in this way, we are grateful that organisations such as the Premier League & National Literacy Trust give us this platform to provide schools with such a vital resource for future generations.”
Jim Sells, Sport and Literacy Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust said: “World Book Day celebrates the power and joy of reading. We know that children who have books at home do better in school, so we are delighted to be able to distribute such an incredible number of books and vouchers to schools across the country with the help of the community organisations at 81 brilliant football clubs. For this year’s World Book Day, we are challenging as many pupils as possible to join their local library, gaining a lifelong access to books and reading for free! I’d like to thank our partners at World Book Day, WHSmith and Walker Books for making this possible.
To download a free copy of Football School: Terrific Teams and to access football-themed activities visit: wordsforlife.org.uk/premierleague