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Swans' goal to get youngsters reading

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While youngsters look up to the likes of Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge as they fly down the Liberty Stadium touchlines, it is hoped that they will be equally inspired by the sight of them reading a book.

The club has agreed to kick off an exciting new reading scheme, developed by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with the Premier League.

It is hoped that the Premier League Reading Stars Cymru Programme will score heavily in getting boys interested in reading.

Each Premier League club will select one of its players to become a Reading Star to talk about their favourite books and set reading challenges via online videos.

Swans favourite Leon Britton said:

"As a footballer it is important that away from the training ground and the pressures of the Premier League we relax. I like nothing better than to be at home, chilling out, reading a book.

"I like to read a lot of different types of books, but my favourite type is autobiographies. Reading is really important for your education, but you encounter it in your everyday life just by picking up a newspaper. Without it you wouldn't be able to read about all the goals I've scored . . . which actually wouldn't take you too long!"

Manager of the scheme, Marian Keen-Downs, said:

"Using football as a hook to get children to enjoy reading enriches their lives, helps them to succeed at school and gain vital skills for the future."

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