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Premier League supports Tranmere Rovers to give free books to local primary school pupils

7 March 2024


Premier League supports Tranmere Rovers to give free books to local primary school pupils

7 March 2024

To mark World Book Day 2024 (Thursday 7 March), the Premier League are giving away more than 50,000 free books to children across England and Wales through its Premier League Primary Stars education programme.

Tranmere Rovers first-team players Connor Jennings, Kristian Dennis and Jordan Turnbull joined us at Bidston Avenue Primary School this afternoon to deliver some of the books.  

Since Premier League Primary Stars began in 2017, more than 300,000 free books have been gifted to young people with an estimated value of £2.4million, thanks to the education programme’s partnership with the National Literacy Trust.  

Launched in 2017 and available to every primary school in England and Wales, Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of football to help children to be active and develop essential life skills.  

Tranmere Rovers in the Community is one of 100 professional football club community organisations across England and Wales to give away the free books to local primary schools, with 250 books being gifted to local primary schools on the Wirral as part of their Premier League Primary Stars delivery. 

Tranmere Rovers in the Community’s Premier League Primary Stars Lead, Faye Jones, said: “It’s great to be able to offer our local primary schools the opportunity to celebrate World Book Day with some players from the football club.   

“Donating these books will hopefully benefit the children in the school, and having players from their local football team present them will hopefully spur them on to continue their love of reading.   

“It’s a fantastic initiative, one in which we love being a part of and celebrating every year as part of our Primary Stars programme.” 

World Book Day promotes reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own as according to National Literacy Trust research, children who own their own books are much more likely to enjoy reading, read daily and read to relax. 

National Literacy Trust research also found that one in eight children from disadvantaged backgrounds said they did not own a single book of their own at home, and the book ownership gap between them and more affluent peers is the largest seen in a decade.   

To create more opportunities for pupils to experience the joy of reading on World Book Day itself, Premier League Primary Stars and the National Literacy Trust will host a free, fun-filled live online event, hosted by a top presenter and featuring the football school author, Ben Lyttleton.  

Premier League Charitable Fund Chief Executive, Ruth Shaw OBE, said: “Since 2017, more than a quarter of a million children across England and Wales have received a free book thanks to Premier League Primary Stars and the National Literacy Trust. We know how important reading for pleasure is for developing confidence and positive mental health, and through the Premier League’s primary school education programme we want to continue to support children across the country to enjoy the many benefits that reading can bring.” 

Jim Sells, Sport and Literacy Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “World Book Day® celebrates reading for pleasure for everyone, which is central to our vision at the National Literacy Trust. We‘ve seen firsthand how choosing a book of their own can inspire a child’s love of reading, give them confidence, and support them at school, so we are delighted to be able to provide 45,000 free books directly to schools, thanks to our generous partners at World Book Day® and our-long term partners at the Premier League Charitable Fund. 

“We know that some children and families may struggle to access and enjoy World Book Day due to financial and social barriers. Our goal is to engage those who need support through inclusive activities, like our free live quiz and wide-scale book donations, inspiring a life-long love of books and reading, supporting literacy skills, and empowering children and young people with the words to shape their own futures.” 

Currently, 104 professional football clubs from across the leagues run in-classroom Premier League Primary Stars sessions in local partner schools. More than 68,000 teachers have signed up to access free online national curriculum-linked resources, to date. 

The total Premier League investment into Premier League Primary Stars, via the Premier League Charitable Fund, is £61.9million, to date.  

For more information, please visit Premier League Primary Stars.

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