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📚 Community Trust deliver free books to local primary schools on World Book Day

Reading promoting reading as our charitable arm supports four local primary schools with reading resources...

4 March 2021

Reading FC Community Trust are today donating brand new books to four primary schools in the 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.

As part of the partnership, a total of nearly 25,000 free books will be given away across the country to children who need them most and our Trust will be delivering books to Christ the King Primary, St Mary's and All Saints, Moorlands and The Ridgeway today.

Pupils taking part in the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, delivered by professional football club community organisations across England and Wales, will each receive 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.

Reading FC Community Trust has also created three easy to use resources to try at home and can be found on the primary resource hub.

National Literacy Trust research has found that children who have their own books are nearly three times more likely to enjoy reading.

This 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.

Chris Knott (School Coordinator) from the Reading FC Community Trust said, “World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading and is an annual celebration marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

"It great that the Community Trust can play a small part in promoting this event in the local community”.

To further support pupils on World Book Day, the National Literacy Trust will host a fun-filled Premier League Primary Stars Facebook Live event, featuring the authors of the Football School title being distributed, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton.

The one-hour event will include a quiz featuring a special round of questions set by players from the Premier League, the EFL and the Women’s Super League.

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.

“I’m also very excited for the Facebook Live event with Kenzie Benali, Ben Lyttleton and Alex Bellos, three brilliantly energetic personalities who inspire children to get into reading through their love of football.”

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