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Rocky of the Rovers: France 2019 - a Women's World Cup football story by Tom Palmer

Added 15 May 2019

Rocky of the Rovers front cover

Bestselling children's author Tom Palmer, author of popular football books including the re-booted Roy of the Rovers series, Foul Play and Football Academy, is writing a live story during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The story is designed to be read aloud in the classroom or at home, and follows events on and off the pitch as they happen.

Rocky of the Rovers: France 2019 features a popular trio of characters from the Roy of the Rovers series, published by Rebellion. Readers can follow the adventures of Rocky Race, her brother Roy, and her football coach Ffion, as they travel around France to cheer on the Lionesses.

The first chapter, featuring illustrations from the Roy of the Rovers series, is now ready to download for free. You can also download a free poster to promote the story to your students.

Subsequent chapters will be published before 8.00am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the tournament. Chapter 10 will be available to download for free on Friday 28 June.

Sign up to our expression of interest form to be notified about key moments in the story!


  • The Youth Sport Trust has also created a set of free to download resources for both primary and secondary schools. There are assembly and classroom presentations, activities linked to the curriculum and areas of personal development as well as some exciting World Cup extras, including a wall planner and squad sheet.

  • Looking for more ways to use football in the classroom? Our Skills Academy programme is designed to help struggling Year 7 and 8 readers, using football as motivation.