The Premier League Reading Stars initiative has been running since 2003 and sees one player from each club nominate their favourite adult and children’s book.

  The initiative is a partnership between the Football Foundation, the National Literacy trust, the Premier League and the Arts Council England. 

Arsenal in the Community partners with three local libraries, running workshops for 30 different families in North London between February and June each year.

Families attend a minimum of six sessions at their local library, taking part in a number of literacy promoting activities, including the chance to read free copies of the books chosen by the Premier League players, culminating in the chance for the groups to meet Arsenal’s Reading Star.

Over the past seven seasons, Arsenal have helped coordinate 20 library projects, recruiting over 400 parents and children, enabling families to take home and keep over £3000 worth of free books from Waterstones bookstore.

  • 75 per cent of children say they now read more because they know that footballers read
  • 84 per cent of children felt that they are now reading more with their family
  • 93 per cent of children said they will read more regularly because of participating on Premier

League Reading Stars
Contact: John Olaleye jolaleye@arsenal.co.uk 020 7704 4159.

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