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Emnes attends Reading Stars session

Marvin Emnes and pupils from Casllwchwr Primary School were reading off the same page this week at a Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) session.

The first team player accompanied Club Ambassador, Lee Trundle to the Loughor school to join in with a Q&A session as part of the initiative to encourage youngsters to read more.

“It’s about getting the youngsters into reading because at school it’s something that they may not be interested in,” said Lee. “You bring football into it and it gets them more aware about reading,” the former striker continued.

Working across the UK, PLRS has interacted and engaged with thousands of children since its inception. During 2014 alone, three out of four children made at least six months’ progress in reading in just 10 weeks, with one in three making a year’s progress or more.

Run in partnership with the Premier League and the National Literacy Trust, PLRS uses the draw of the Premier League, PLRS channels pupils’ love of football to inspire an equal love of reading.

“I think that the way football can not only have physical, but also academic benefits is good,” said Emnes after answering the students’ questions about football and reading.

“I think it’s a good way to get the kids involved in reading,” Lee added. “You can tell that most of them are football fanatics so to have a player come out and for them to ask the player questions and do an interview is something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives,” he finished.

If your school is interested in getting involved, or if you want to find out more about PLRS, please contact Thomas Williams at

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