Today (Thursday 7th March) is World Book Day – and we’ll be celebrating in our Fun Zone when we meet Wigan Athletic this weekend.
The Fun Zone, situated outside the Eamonn Dolan Stand, has plenty of activity for kids on matchdays. And our Fun Zone staff will be on hand with a limited supply of 200 vouchers to give out, which can be exchanged for a book on the lower deck of the Royal Bus between 1pm and 3pm.
Not only that, but we’re also setting up a Book Corner on the Royal Bus. Kids can bring their old books to put in a box, and take out a new book in return.
Getting involved in reading is one of many functions served by the Royal Bus – there are games and activities for children to enjoy, and as well as being stationed at the stadium on matchday, it also travels to events in the local area too.
There is a total of 45 professional football clubs participating in the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, who are running pop-up bookshops to celebrate World Book Day.
Football and reading go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s getting news from the matchday programme, seeking out reports and opinions in the back pages of the newspaper, reading biographies by sporting legends – there’s a link between our sport and literacy.
For more information about the National Literacy trust, head to literacytrust.org.uk