Might we have had a Rosemary Sutcliff-reading England football captain ten years ago?

Might we have had a Rosemary Sutcliff-reading England football captain?

Sol Campbell, in the media today for his autobiography-claim that he might have been England football captain for ten years if he were white, ten years ago recommended Rosemary Sutcliff’s Beowulf.

He and other stars of the English Premier League promoted a reading list for children, to try to harness the  power of football to encourage families to enjoy reading. The Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) scheme focused on people who had shown little or no interest in reading but who did have a passion for football. Each of the 20 Premier League soccer teams in England nominated a ‘Reading Champion’ to recommended his favourite book, and each Club adopted one or more public libraries who then hosted a reading club based on the book choices of all 20 Premiership Reading Champions.

Author: Anthony Lawton

Chair, Sussex Dolphin, family company which looks after the work of eminent children’s & historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). Formerly CEO, chair & trustee of various charity, cultural & educational enterprises in UK.

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