Summer of Football

Added 10 May 2021
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This summer everyone was more than ready for a return to sport, and we delivered a full fixture list of football-themed resources to help pupils re-discover their joy of the beautiful game, opening up a world of reading through football.

Thanks to our partnerships with The FA, the Premier League and Rebellion Publishing, we brought you a set of high-appeal resources and events.

Even though the live events have taken place, you can still catch up with our recordings, EURO 2020 instalment story, resources and challenges, and stay tuned for an update on events for the new school year.

Fixture list

  • 11 June – 11 July: UEFA EURO 2020 Instalment story by Tom Palmer
    Throughout the competition, Tom Palmer wrote a story ‘live’ featuring Roy of the Rovers and his sister Rocky and drawing on the events of the competition as they unfolded. Download and read the episodes.
  • 12-16 July: Premier League Reading Festival
    We know schools have missed out on brilliant author events in the last year, so so we designed a star-studded five-a-side of the best authors EVER for FIVE DAYS of brilliant live events, featuring quizzes, challenges, prizes, free books and workshops. Watch our recordings of these exciting live events.
  • 25 May – 22 July: UEFA EURO 2020 Reading Challenge with The FA
    Our challenge helps your pupils to read their way to the final, with the offer of a free UEFA EURO wallchart for your classroom, with a reading twist! Details remain available on our UEFA EURO 2020 page.
  • Second half-term: Club Author Days
    Ten clubs from the Premier League and the English Football League made contact with their local schools, bringing authors in to the classroom.
  • 27 May - 28 June: Marcus Rashford MBE online event
    Working with WHSmith and Macmillan Children’s Books we helped ensure that more books were put in the hands of children who need them, including the chance for schools to join a free online interveiw with Marcus Rashford. Read more in our news story. You can still buy the book half-price at WHSmith to support the National Literacy Trust!
  • 11 June: UEFA EURO 2020 live online event with top footy author, Tom Palmer
    For this great event Tom led pupils on a fun footy-reading workshop and answered questions from our our live audience. Watch the recording.
  • 15 June: PL Takeover live event with Priscilla Mante
    In this live event with top author, Priscilla Mante, she led pupils on a fun footy-reading workshop, taking questions and shout-outs from our live audience. Watch the recording on our Premier League takeover page.

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Extra time

Still want more? Hurry across to our full squad of resources, activities and opportunities in our Education Recovery area.