FGR Community distribute 380 books to Primary Schools
FGR Community have given 380 free, brand new books to eight primary schools in their local area to support young readers as part of an exciting partnership between the Premier League and the National Literacy Trust to celebrate World Book Day.
Pupils taking part in the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, delivered by FGR Community Coaches, have received a free copy of Football School: 20 Fantastic Football Stories. The book, by authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, is also a £1 World Book Day title.
To download a free copy of Football School: Season 1 and to access football-themed activities visit: wordsforlife.org.uk/premierleague.
National Literacy Trust research has found that children who have their own books are nearly three times more likely to enjoy reading. The partnership will help support children whose access to physical books has been made difficult due to school and public library closures during the national lockdown. Rob Mant, Community Facilitator said: “It’s great to be able to give these books to the children that really need it. We know that the last year has been so difficult for many of the pupils on our Primary Stars programme, so we wanted to thank and reward them with a special book of their own.”
Jim Sells, Sport and Literacy Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust said: “World Book Day promotes reading for pleasure to improve all children’s life chances, and we are so pleased to support the charity behind the initiative.
"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 to schools across the country with the help of the community organisations. I’d also like to thank our partners at Walker Books and the Morrisons Foundation for making this possible.” In total, nearly 25,000 free books will be given away to children who need them most.