Bradford gets into the Premier League Reading Stars programme

02 Feb 2015

Coinciding with the Bantam’s recent victory against Chelsea, Bradford’s schools are kicking off a reading intervention programme that captures the motivational power of football.

Bradford footballAs part of the Bradford Literacy Campaign’s focus on providing strong male role models for children, the National Literacy Trust is rolling out its Premier League Reading Stars programme across 22 of Bradford’s primary and secondary schools.


The National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars programme (PLRS) is supported by the Premier League. It uses children’s passion for football to motivate them to enjoy reading and improve their reading levels. In 2014, out of those who took part in the 10-week programme, three-quarters of children improved their reading – with almost a quarter making a year’s progress. The Premier League Reading Stars list of players for 2015 and their recommended reads is being announced here over the coming weeks.


A broad variety of staff from Bradford’s schools including senior leaders, subject leaders, support staff and games staff attended the training day at Bradford City’s Valley Parade stadium. Author and Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, Jamie Thomson was there to explain how author visits can inspire children to read for enjoyment.


 Dan Walker, Deputy Head at Girlington Primary said:
“I held an assembly on the PLRS programme and pupils are now very enthusiastic about the idea of combining football and reading. I'm hoping to start the first PLRS team as soon as possible.”


Imran Hafeez, the National Literacy Trust’s Bradford Hub Manager said: 
"It's timely that this programme is starting in the immediate wake of Bradford City's heroics in the FA cup. We know how influential sports people can be to young people and that's why this programme has such an impact on attitudes towards reading, resulting in a positive change in reading behaviours.”