Premier League teams up with Tom Palmer for fantastic football takeover of Family Zone

13 Jul 2020
Facebook Live with Tom Palmer and Ben Shires

We’ve joined forces with Premier League Primary Stars and Roy of the Rovers author Tom Palmer to bring children a week-long series of football-themed activities, exclusive videos and free ebooks to inspire them to get reading and writing at home.

Facebook Live interview with Tom Palmer

Children and families can join Tom Palmer and CBBC Match of the Day Kickabout presenter Ben Shires live on our Facebook page at 11.30am today for a fun-packed online footy quiz and to hear how a love of football helped Tom find his passion for reading. Tom will also be making a special announcement!

Don’t worry if you miss it, you can watch the interview again on our Facebook page any time.

Comic strip challenge

In an exclusive video, and as part of the weekly Premier League Primary Stars Family Challenges to engage children in home learning, Tom Palmer has tasked children with completing the blank speech bubbles in two special Roy of the Rovers comic strips to create their own stories.

To get started, families can download their free comic strip templates and some top tips from Tom on Family Zone.

Free Roy of the Rovers ebooks

We’ve also joined forces with Rebellion Publishing to share two Roy of the Rovers ebooks for families to download and enjoy for free: Roy of the Rovers: Scouted by Tom Palmer and Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off by Rob Williams and Ben Willsher.


Visit the National Literacy Trust’s Family Zone for more reading and writing activities to engage children and support their learning at home.

Visit the Premier League Primary Stars website for more football-themed home learning activities for children and families to enjoy, including fun quizzes and Family Challenges.