Swansea City defender Stephen Kingsley helps Townhill pupils improve reading skills
17th March 2016
After passing his Premier League debut test with flying colours, Stephen Kingsley has been hitting the books to encourage Swansea pupils improve their reading skills.
Kingsley, who recently made his debut in the Premier League in front of 60,000 fans during the Swans' 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, joined club ambassador Lee Trundle for a reading-related Q&A session with Townhill Community School pupils who are completing a Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) course in a bid to improve their literary skills.
"We came down to answer a few questions from the kids and we were really happy to answer all of them," said the 21-year-old defender. "We got a mix of questions - some about reading and how important reading is and some of them about our careers, so it was a really good day and I really enjoyed it."
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 of progress in reading in just ten 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 and aims to engage with reluctant readers and channels pupils' love of football to inspire an equal love of reading.
"Encouraging kids to read through the power of the Premier League is a great thing," added Kingsley. "It was brilliant. To come here and be involved with the kids is a great thing to do. It's the first time I've done it and I really enjoyed it."
Watch the full feature on this week's Swans In Focus available on Friday afternoon. If your school is interested in getting involved, or if you want to find out more about PLRS, please contact Thomas Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
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