Banner image

Robins Foundation distribute 400 free books to local primary school pupils

To celebrate World Book Day, City's official charity have delivered free books to students across Bristol and will be hosting a number of activities to inspire young people to keep reading.

Bristol City Robins Foundation have given 400 free, brand new books to seven primary schools in their local area to support young readers as part of an exciting partnership between the Premier League and the National Literacy Trust to celebrate World Book Day. In total, nearly 25,000 free books will be given away to children who need them most.

Pupils taking part in the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, delivered by professional football club community organisations across England and Wales, will each receive a free copy of Football School: 20 Fantastic Football Stories. The book, by authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, is also a £1 World Book Day title.

National Literacy Trust research has found that children who have their own books are nearly three times more likely to enjoy reading. The partnership will help support children whose access to physical books has been made difficult due to school and public library closures during the national lockdown.

James Howiantz, Primary Stars lead at the Robins Foundation said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to celebrate World Book Day by donating these amazing books to children who need them most in our local area. Today always sparks imagination in young people, and we hope to be able to build on that imagination by providing these children with the inspiration to read.

"This coupled with our great relationship with author Dave Cousins will ensure the pupils of our partner schools are given every possible chance to fulfil their potential.” 

In addition to the delivery of books, the Robins Foundation's Premier League Primary Stars team are also working with children's author Dave Cousins to host a series of interactive digital workshops with local primary school students and the National Literacy Trust will host a fun-filled Premier League Primary Stars Facebook Live event. Featuring the authors of the Football School, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, the one-hour event will include a quiz including a special round of questions set by players from the Premier League, the EFL and the Women’s Super League.

Jim Sells, Sport and Literacy Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust said: “World Book Day promotes reading for pleasure to improve all children’s life chances, and we are so pleased to support the charity behind the initiative. We know that children who have books at home do better in school, so we are delighted to be able to distribute such an incredible number of books to schools across the country with the help of the community organisations. I’d also like to thank our partners at Walker Books and the Morrisons Foundation for making this possible.”

“I’m also very excited for the Facebook Live event with Kenzie Benali, Ben Lyttleton and Alex Bellos, three brilliantly energetic personalities who inspire children to get into reading through their love of football.”

Latest News

Young Robins victorious at Vicarage Road

Young Robins victorious at Vicarage Road

Posted: Monday, October 18th 2021

Bournemouth 50/50 Matchday Draw Winners

Bournemouth 50/50 Matchday Draw Winners

Posted: Monday, October 18th 2021

Loan watch: Buse and Allen in eight-goal thriller

Loan watch: Buse and Allen in eight-goal thriller

Posted: Monday, October 18th 2021

Additional allocation for Coventry away

Additional allocation for Coventry away

Posted: Monday, October 18th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Sinckler and Randall named in England squad for Autumn series
Rugby icon

Sinckler and Randall named in England squad for Autumn series

Kyle Sinckler and Harry Randall have been named in Eddie Jones' England squad for the forthcoming Autumn Internationals at Twickenham.

Posted: Monday, October 18th 2021 • Rugby

Loan watch: Lloyd's 12-point haul in dramatic Clifton defeat
Rugby icon

Loan watch: Lloyd's 12-point haul in dramatic Clifton defeat

Five Academy youngsters were in dual registration action over the weekend, as Dings Crusaders and Clifton suffered narrow defeats.

Posted: Monday, October 18th 2021 • Rugby

Game Recap » Bristol Flyers II 78-62 Charnwood Riders
Basketball icon

Game Recap » Bristol Flyers II 78-62 Charnwood Riders

Bristol Flyers II claimed a win over the visiting Charnwood Riders to improve to a 1-1 record in NBL Division Two North.

Posted: Monday, October 18th 2021 • Basketball

Highlights: Newcastle Falcons 13-5 Bristol Bears
Rugby icon

Highlights: Newcastle Falcons 13-5 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears were edged out in a low-scoring affair at Kingston Park as two Brett Connon penalties in the final quarter saw Falcons take the spoils in the North East.

Posted: Sunday, October 17th 2021 • Rugby

Report: Newcastle Falcons 13-5 Bristol Bears
Rugby icon

Report: Newcastle Falcons 13-5 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears were edged out in a low-scoring affair at Kingston Park as two Brett Connon penalties in the final quarter saw Falcons take the spoils in the North East.

Posted: Sunday, October 17th 2021 • Rugby