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In celebration of World Book Day, the Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) is distributing 400 free books to local elementary school students

Part of an exciting partnership between the Premier League and the National Literacy Trust to celebrate World Book DayGiving away 000 free books to the kids who need them most

Students participating in the Premier League Primary Stars educational program offered by professional football club community organizations in England and Wales will each receive a free copy of the Football School: 20 Fantastic Football Stories, the book by authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton also a £ 1 World Book Day title

Research by the National Literacy Trust has found that children with their own books are almost three times more likely to enjoy reading.The partnership will help support children whose access to physical books has become difficult due to the closure of schools and public libraries during the national lockdown

Premier League Primary Stars Lead, Jack Garside, said, “It was fantastic to be able to support local schools with free books for World Book Day Reading is vital for young people so we owe the Premier League and the Thank you National Literacy Trust for your help with book distribution “

To further support students on World Book Day, the National Literacy Trust is hosting an entertaining Facebook Live Event of the Premier League Primary Stars, featuring the authors of the Football School’s title, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, in The Hourly One Event includes a quiz with a special round of questions asked by players from the Premier League, EFL and Women’s Super League

Jim Sells, Program Manager, Sports and Literacy for the National Literacy Trust, said, “World Book Day promotes reading for pleasure to improve the life chances of all children, and we are thrilled to support the charity behind the initiative We know that children who have books at home do better in school So we’re excited to be able to distribute so many books to schools across the country with the help of community organizations. I would also like to thank our partners at Walker Books and the Morrisons Foundation for making this possible

“I’m also really looking forward to the Facebook Live event with Kenzie Benali, Ben Lyttleton and Alex Bellos, three brilliant, energetic personalities who inspire kids to read through their love of football”

In addition to distributing 400 books, OACT also filmed and read two Oldham Athletic players, Carl Peirgianni and Harry Clarke, to help schools plan for World Book Day

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Source: https://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/news/2021/march/04032021-world-book-day/