The Premier League Reading Stars programme uses children’s passion for football to motivate them to enjoy reading and to improve their reading levels.
In the programme, each Premier League club selects one of its players to become a Reading Star to talk about their favourite books and set reading challenges via online videos.
These challenges are used to support over 30,000 children in 1,000 schools and libraries, who are taking part in a 10-week reading intervention with Premier League branded materials, including certificates, wristbands, reading journals and wall charts.
Welsh international left-back Ben has revealed that his favourite children’s book is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling and his favourite adult read is The Damned United by David Peace.
Ben has set reading challenges for participants of Premier League Reading Stars in the online video found here.
Jim Sells, Manager of the programme at the National Literacy Trust said: “As shown by the proven success of our Premier League Reading Stars programme, using football as a hook to get children to enjoy reading gives them a significant uplift in reading levels, helping them to succeed at school and gain vital skills for the future.”
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: “Premier League Reading Stars is a fantastic example of the work carried out by our clubs and their Foundations which encourage young people to make positive choices.
“Over the last 11 years it has used the power of football, and the popularity of Premier League clubs and players, to encourage children to enjoy reading, and to talk about the books they read. The focus of Reading Stars this year – parents reading to their children – will resonate with many Premier League players and I wish the project every success.”
Premier League Reading Stars is funded by the Premier League. The Welsh Government has renewed funding to deliver Premier League Reading Stars Cymru in schools across Wales in 2015.
To take part in the player reading challenges visit www.premierleaguereadingstars.org.uk.