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'Keeper joins Premier League Reading Stars session

Norwich City’s Tim Krul visited Spooner Row Primary School for their final Premier League Reading Stars session of the term.

The Year Five group were completing the 10-week long programme, which uses football as the tool to get pupils excited about developing their literacy skills.

The children had a chance to read poems they had written about diversity, before the City stopper presented them with their certificates for completing the programme.

It was then the turn of the group to hold their own ‘press conference’ with Tim and ask him a range of questions about his football career, his interest in reading and anything else about his life and experiences.

Tim revealed his fondness for the Harry Potter books and that away from football, he was a keen tennis fan.

Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) is a 10-week literacy intervention designed to be delivered in schools, libraries and football clubs.

The aim is to stimulate literacy engagement in children aged 9-13 years who love football but lack motivation in reading. PLRS evaluation has shown that the programme can have a significant impact on attainment and attitude. 

The National Literacy Trust and the Premier League have worked in partnership since 2003 to create this evidence-based programme. PLRS is currently funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund.

"I really enjoyed the Harry Potter books to read. Also, I'm trying to learn Spanish so I try to read some Spanish books to help me with that."

Tim Krul

Goalkeeper, Norwich City FC

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