Honilands School to take part in Premier League reading programme

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An Enfield school is taking part in a reading programme organised by the Premier League.

Honilands Primary School in Lovell Road, Enfield will take part in the Premier League Reading Stars programme, which aims to use children’s passion for football to motivate them to enjoy reading.

Each of the 20 Premier League sides will select one of its players to become a reading star to talk about their favourite books, setting challenges via online videos.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen revealed his favourite children’s book is Matilda by Roald Dahl and his choice of adult book is Inferno by Dan Brown.

The school will kick off its ten week programme on Thursday, May 1 from 3.30pm until 4.30pm and will conclude on Thursday, June 26.

The school's project leader Mario López-Goicoechea said: “Having run the programme before, I can vouch for its effectiveness and impact. It transforms children’s reading habits, especially those of boys, for the better”.

Roald Dahl books were a popular theme amongst the selected players with eight of the 20 choosing his books.

Half of the players also chose books about professional footballers as their preferred adult book.

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