Pictured at Fulham Library with pupils from Holy Cross and Al-Muntada primary schools are (back row, left to right) the mayor, Cllr Charlie Treloggan; football writer Tom Palmer;
Fulham FC's head of community Simon Morgan and Fulham FC football development officer Malcolm Wilson.
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Football writer Tom Palmer helped schoolchildren
and adults to score at reading during a visit to Fulham Library
on Thursday, 12th May 05.
Tom was a guest at the latest meeting of a
recently-launched reading group, called Premier League Reading Stars,
which uses the beautiful game to promote literacy. He ran a series of
quiz rounds about reading football books, magazines and newspapers to
encourage a passion for reading. The children, who were with their
parents, built up points which were translated into penalties and a
penalty shoot-out finale in Fulham Library's exhibition hall with Tom in
A published football writer whose books include
If You're Proud to be a Leeds Fan, Tom also visits schools around the
country, encouraging children to write about the game as players or
He said: "I hated reading until I was 17 and my
mum got me into it by encouraging me to read newspaper reports about
Leeds United and taking me to matches. I think the way that the library
staff and Fulham FC are backing Premier League Reading Stars means the
project is about as successful as it could be in this borough. It is
great to see so many children and parents taking part."
Fulham Football Club has joined forces with the
council's library service as part of the Premier League Reading Stars
scheme, a national initiative involving all 20 premiership clubs.
Each club adopts a local library, where children
and adults meet regularly to discuss and review the books they have
Five of the children who attended yesterday's
event are pupils at Holy Cross Primary School, in Fulham, and also
attend the Fulham FC Skills and Learning Centre (see note below). The
other five were from the Al-Muntada Islamic Primary School, in Parsons
The borough's mayor, Cllr Charlie Treloggan, who
also attended the event, said: "This is a great way to encourage
children and adults to share an enjoyment of reading and become regular
users of their local library. It also builds on our excellent
partnership with Fulham Football Club, with whom we run the successful
Fulham FC Skills and Learning Centre to improve children's literacy,
numeracy and computer skills."
The Premier League Reading Stars scheme was
launched at Fulham Library two years ago by Fulham FC midfielder Lee
Clark. Defender Moritz Volz, who is Fulham FC's current 'Reading
Champion', plans to visit the library for another session with children
and their parents or carers on 26 May.
Reading Champions from each premier league club
have nominated a book for a Reading Stars booklist.
Fulham Library has received 40 free books - two
copies of each book on the reading list - supplied by the National
Literacy Trust. The charity is helping to run the Premier League Reading
Stars programme with funding from the Arts Council.
Children who take part can keep these free
recommended books or donate them back to the library when they have
finished with them. In addition children each receive three free books
of their choice as part of the scheme.
They can pick any title from the players'
reading list or the library's main book collection and can have their
book reviews published on the scheme's website at
Fulham Football Club's head of community Simon
Morgan, who also attended the event, said: "This is a fantastic
initiative and Fulham Football Club is delighted to be involved. The
scheme is of great educational benefit to children in the local
May 15, 2005