Footballer and anti-poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford MBE says he is aiming to ‘reach the most vulnerable children via the breakfast club network’.
Marcus Rashford announces book and vows to reach children who have never owned one
Footballer and anti-poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford has pledged to reach hundreds of thousands of children in the UK who have never owned a book, in the run up to the publication of his own. ‘As part of the Marcus Rashford Book Club model, books I am championing will reach the most vulnerable children via the breakfast club network. Further details to follow. Approx 390,000 children in the UK have never owned a book. Time for that to change,’ he tweeted on Wednesday 24 March.
Rashford announces new mission alongside his own book publication
After his 2020 success addressing food poverty, Marcus Rashford MBE announced on Wednesday 24 March that he intends to get books to the 390,000 children in the UK who had never owned one. “Time for that to change,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Manchester United footballer announced his latest mission alongside the news that he’s releasing a book of his own called You Are a Champion, a practical guide for children to “dream big” and use positive thinking to make a success of themselves.
The book will cover themes such as:
- Be comfortable with who you are – you can’t be a champion until you’re happy being you!
- Dream Big
- Practise like a champion – good things take hard work and time
- Get out of your comfort zone and learn from your mistakes
- Navigate adversity in a positive way
- Find your team
- Use your voice and stand up for others
- Never stop learning
Other topics include female role models and mental resilience, all using anecdotes from Rashford’s own life and career.
Rashford to promote reading and literacy among children from all backgrounds
In November, Rashford announced he was launching a book club and his own range of literature in 2021 with the aim of giving children from lower socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity to embrace reading from an early age. Two of his own fiction titles, for readers aged seven and up, will follow later this year and next.
The Manchester United and England striker has signed a deal with Macmillan Children’s Books to promote reading and literacy among children from all backgrounds, and has previously talked about his own lack of access to books as a child.
Rashford said: “There were times where the escapism of reading could have really helped me. I want this escapism for all children. Not just those that can afford it.”
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