Sport and literacy

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We use the excitement and passion surrounding sport to motivate and inspire young people to improve their literacy skills.


We have a range of programmes for primary and secondary schools which use the power of football to motivate pupils and students.

  • Skills Academy

    Skills Academy

    Skills Academy helps Year 7 and 8 students improve their reading, rewarding their progress by teaching...

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    Premier League Primary Stars

    Use the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and...

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  • Active Literacy

    Active Literacy

    Active Literacy is a programme we have developed with The FA, which uses the power of storytelling to engage girls...

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Free resources

We have lots of free resources based around football, rugby, tennis and Formula One.

  • Rugby balls Resource

    Love rugby, love reading

    A rugby-focused toolkit for practitioners which uses rugby to motivate young people to improve their literacy skills.

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  • Literacy with the Lionesses Resource

    UEFA Women's Euro 2017: literacy resources

    The England Women’s football team took part in the Women’s Euros this summer. To capitalise on the excitement around the tournament, we teamed up with The FA to create a toolkit for teachers based around the Lionesses at the Women’s Euros.

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  • Skills Academy celebration day Resource

    Skills Academy resource pack

    This sample resource pack for our reading intervention Skills Academy includes a lesson plan, sample activities and extracts from popular football books.

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Success stories

We have over 15 years’ experience using sport to improve children and young people’s literacy.

Coming soon

We’re working on bringing you more programmes and resources focused on other sports soon. Sign up to be told when these are available.

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