Sport and Literacy: Programme Celebration with Manjeet Mann

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The National Literacy Trust runs a number of sport-themed reading projects across the city of Birmingham, including:

  • Skills Academy, a sport-based reading intervention supports students aged 11 to 13 to improve their comprehension skills and motivation to read.
  • Game Changers, a football-themed reading engagement programme targeted at excluded secondary students.

Our upcoming My Commonwealth Story festival will use the excitement and passion surrounding the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games to motivate and inspire people of all ages to engage with literacy.

As part of the festival, we are inviting schools that participate (or wish to participate) in Skills Academy or Game Changers to an exclusive event, featuring sports author Manjeet Mann, discussing her own reading journey, writing process, and books.

Sign up and get involved

All teachers and young people who have participated in Skills Academy in Birmingham have been sent a personal invitation.

Members of the public can email to secure a FREE ticket.

About the author


Manjeet Mann is a multi-award winning children's author, actress, playwright and screenwriter.

Her debut YA novel RUN, REBEL was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2021 and won the CILIP Carnegie Shadowers Choice Award, The UKLA Award, Diverse Book Award and Sheffield Children's Book Award. It was also a Guardian best book of 2020.

Her second novel The Crossing won The Costa Children's Book Award, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize and Carnegie Medal 2022. Manjeet is also the founder of Run The World - a not for profit that uses sport and theatre as a means to empower women and girls.

Find out more about My Commonwealth Story from Birmingham Stories.