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The main activity 10 different activities. 25. Supporting your fixtures The Premier League Reading Stars poster. 26. Supporting your fixtures: Premier League Reading Stars online challenges. 27. Each Premier League footballer, online:

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supporting your fixtures premier league reading stars online challenges
Supporting your fixtures:Premier League Reading Stars online challenges


Each Premier League footballer, online:

  • sets 5 video clip challenges (20 players = 100 challenges in total)
  • Completing these successfully ‘unlocks’ rewards, including the player talking about his favourite children’s / adults books, about reading and a unique certificate to download.


  • Access via
  • Children watch challenge film, answer 3 multiple choice questions to complete one challenge. Two questions relate to passage, one refers to another part of the text. They will need to access these texts to complete the challenge
  • Challenges are for children to take outside of PLRS sessions


Supporting the fixturesThe Tom Palmer, Eight Parter



Supporting the fixturesPremier League Reading Stars reading journals

the team kit what do you get
The team kitWhat do you get?


Each Premier League Reading Stars pack includes:

  • 1 Tactics Book, outlining the content of TEN literacy promoting activity sessions, plus:
  • Website URL with materials available there listed
  • list of books and names of corresponding players
  • warm-ups/cool-downs grid
  • 1 PLRS Poster and Sticker set
  • 32 PLRS Bookmarks
  • 32 PLRS Certificates
  • 32 PLRS pin badges
  • 32 PLRS Pens
  • 32 PLRS Reading Journals
  • Topps Sticker Books / Match Attax
  • 1 set player cards
  • 8-part cliff-hanger story by Tom Palmer (online)

TacticsPlan ahead Read through the whole Tactics Book Ensure you have required kit / booking visitor etc




Half-timeOranges? Tea.



Our hostsWhat can your club do for you?



Match AttaxThe Topps Trading Card game



  • Fixture 1Kick offplay a warm-up the main activity (explain the project; choose some books) introduce the PLRS challenge poster introduce the children to the PLRS online challenge Read a 5 minute instalment of Foul Play: the final countdown Hand out the reading journals run a cool–down


  • Fixture 2The football reading game Play the football reading game, designed to introduce different types of texts 5 rounds penalty shoot out based on points prize…!


  • Fixture 3Choosing fictionChildren look at a variety of books Put them into pairs host a quiz


  • Fixture 4A speaker: To help children understand more about real-life readers and writers in their own community Bring in a sport-related visitor (sports journalist, coach, matchday programme writer etc) Question and answer session (pre-prepared)


  • Fixture 5Newspapers: To encourage children to follow their passion for football in newspapers and to let them know that reading about football in newspapers is real reading Children bring in a sports headline – class guess what the story is about Deliver a quiz based around the days sports headlines Stage a child as a player – they have to guess who they are based on correct questioning


  • Fixture 6Magazines: To encourage children to read magazines and see them as valid reading material Bring in some football mags Get the children to use them to research a favourite player and create a fact-file


  • Fixture 7Take the children on a visit: To develop the children’s understanding about books and reading in the wider communityCould be: a library a bookshop a sports centre or local football club. They may have a study support centre


  • Fixture 8Your story: To draw from the children’s own lives to give them the confidence to create a story of their own.
  • Children talk their football story
  • Children retell their favourite read from the programme
  • Play footy consequences
  • Use the footy consequences structure to retell their own story
  • Let’s play!
  • Name of footballer / TV character / Book character
  • Name of WAG type
  • Where they met
  • What they did
  • What the consequences were


  • Fixture 9Pass it on: To encourage the children to personally reflect upon reading for pleasure Children plan ways of promoting reading to their peers


  • Fixture 10The party: To recognise and celebrate the children’s own achievements in reading Have a prize ceremony, offering awards to the children like they do at football club award ceremonies. You could also hand out the certificates at this point Vote for the best book of Premier League Reading Stars Do a quick quiz based on the day’s football headlines Invite back any guests you’ve had during the scheme – or save the speaker for this fixture


  • Post match analysis: EvaluationThe party: To recognise and celebrate the children’s own achievements in reading Pre and post project attitudinal questionnaires for your pupils Post project questionnaire for you School specific information available to the first 100 schools who request it. Control groups and reading data will be needed for these Focus groups can also be held


The re-cap

Key jobs and timeline

  • Training
  • Team selection
  • Box delivery
  • Pre evaluation / reading data to NLT
  • Public launch
  • Delivery
  • Post evaluation / reading data to NLT
  • Report

4 reasons to join the National Literacy Trust Schools Network

  • Develop a long-term relationship with the National Literacy Trust
  • Learn about the practice of leading literacy schools – share your successes
  • Receive regular resources and evaluation tools
  • Keep up-to-date with national literacy information – news, policy, research


£75 per school per year. Join at



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