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10,000 Roy of the Rovers books to be given to children in our Hubs

16 Nov 2018


We are thrilled to announce that Rebellion, the publisher of the 2018 Roy of the Rovers revival, has generously donated 10,000 books from the brand new series to children and reluctant readers in all of our National Literacy Trust Hubs.

The giveaway includes 5,000 copies of Roy of the Rovers: Scouted, an illustrated novel by our good friend and celebrated children’s author Tom Palmer, and 5,000 copies of Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off by best-selling comic writer Rob Williams and artist Ben Willsher.

The books will be distributed to children in all of our National Literacy Trust Hubs: Bradford, Hastings, Middlesbrough, the North Yorkshire Coast, Nottingham, Peterborough, Stoke-on-Trent and Swindon.

Our Sport and Literacy Programme Manager, Jim Sells, said: “I loved Roy of the Rovers growing up, so I’m delighted that the adventures of Roy Race and Melchester Rovers are back to inspire a whole new generation of children to get reading! We’ve seen first-hand how bringing football into the classroom can level the playing field for children who have fallen behind in their reading, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, where we focus our work. We would like to thank Rebellion for their generous support and for enabling us to get 10,000 exciting new books into the hands of the children who need them the most in our National Literacy Trust Hubs.”

We will be teaming up with Rebellion in the new year to launch an exciting competition for schools. Teachers can find out more and register their interest in taking part from today:

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