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Local Children Enjoy Primary Stars Event

Ben Littleton

SEVENTY-FIVE primary school pupils across Stoke-on-Trent enjoyed a fun-filled literacy event at the bet365 stadium on Tuesday 7 November with author and football writer Ben Lyttleton. 

The club author day celebrated the efforts of pupils who have taken part in the Premier League Primary Stars programme which has been delivered by Stoke City Football Club. It supported the Stoke Reads campaign from the National Literacy Trust and Stoke-on-Trent City Council which promotes the importance of reading and aims to raise literacy levels in the city.

At the event, pupils aged 10 and 11 from Sir John Offley Primary School, Star Academy Primary School and Maple Court Primary School enjoyed a carousel of football-themed literacy workshops. This included sessions with Ben Lyttleton, who wrote the Football School books, and a writing workshop in the media suite at the stadium. 

Stoke City are one of 92 Premier League and English Football League clubs delivering Premier League Primary Stars activity which uses the appeal of football and sport to inspire primary school children. The programme includes Premier League Reading Stars, a 10 week reading intervention which the National Literacy Trust created in partnership with the Premier League. 

Jim Sells, Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust said:  “We know from years of experience that using the motivational power of football can lead to a real uplift in children’s reading, particularly for boys and struggling readers. As our Stoke Reads campaign continues to encourage parents, schools and businesses to champion reading across the city, we are delighted to be working with Stoke City to inspire pupils and boost their reading and writing skills.” 

Rich Adams, Stoke City Primary Stars Coordinator said: ‘Being able to host a Literacy event for schools in the city and use the football clubs resources to help inspire the children to further their English skills was a real pleasure. Ben was an excellent role model for the children to aspire to and we look forward to continuing our work with the National Literacy Trust in the future.”

Author Ben Lyttleton said: “It’s been wonderful working with Stoke Reads and Premier League Primary Stars, and seeing the local children’s enthusiasm for reading and football.”

Following the success of the club author day, the National Literacy Trust and Stoke City are also planning a family fun day at the end of November. Working with schools, local families will be invited to enjoy football-themed activities which will inspire reading, writing and talking at home. 

Find out more about Stoke Reads at stokereads.org.uk 

Find out more about Stoke City’s Primary League Primary Stars offer at HERE  

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