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Didier reads the game!

Posted on 15 May 2009  - 12:00

Didier Zokora joined Haringey children and their families at White Hart Lane to celebrate their involvement in the seventh annual Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) programme.

Didier reads the game!

Didier Zokora joined Haringey children and their families at White Hart Lane to celebrate their involvement in the seventh annual Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) programme.

PLRS is an innovative project that uses Barclays Premier League players to encourage families to pick up a book and read more often.

Each of the twenty Premier League clubs nominates a player as their ‘Reading Star' and they select their favourite children or adult's book to create a twenty-strong book list.

Didier was selected as our ‘Reading Star', and his book of choice is popular children's football book The Kick Off, by Dan Freedman.

"Reading is a great way of relaxing and switching off from football. I like to read in French and English so have lots of books to choose from. Any child who loves football as much as I did as a child will love Dan Freedman's The Kick Off," said Didier.

Didier reads the game!

All clubs have adopted a library, which receives free copies of all the recommended titles. Spurs have chosen to adopt Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham.

Families who took part in the PLRS sessions at the library were today invited to the club's famous stadium to meet Didier, who took part in a fun literacy activity with the children before handing out certificates to participants.

Results from last year's project indicate that Premier League Reading Stars is working, with 95% of children who took part saying that they will read more regularly as a result and 87% of parents said they would go to a library more often.

Didier reads the game!

The PLRS scheme has been developed as part of a partnership between the National Literacy Trust, Arts Council England, Football Foundation and the Premier League, and will be supported by a series of family reading groups at libraries across the country.

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, said:

"Parental involvement in reading has more of an influence on children's achievement than many other factors - including how rich or well educated their parents are. Football has the power to capture the imagination of parents and children alike, so it's fantastic to see such great support for reading from players and clubs."

Didier reads the game!