News from the Scottish Government about ways to engage reluctant readers is always welcome:

Leading Scottish Premier League footballers are supporting a new project which uses the motivational power of football to encourage families to improve their reading skills, launched today by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Premier League and the National Literacy Trust.

The project involves a footballer from each SPL club who has chosen their favourite adult and children’s book to create an inspirational reading list. These books form the basis for reading sessions with groups of parents and their children who will meet at libraries across Scotland.

Part of the Big Plus – the Scottish Government campaign to improve adult literacy – SPL Reading Stars is based on the successful Premier League Reading Stars model in England, although with a stronger focus on adult literacy than its English counterpart.

Partner libraries will receive free copies of the player book choices and host visits by the SPL players. They will also carry out targeted literacy work with 250 children and 250 adults who will receive free books, as well as reading incentives such as match tickets and club merchandise.