Manchester united and England star Marcus Rashford is launching a book club and will team up with Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB) to promote reading and literacy among children from different backgrounds.
Rashford 23, tweeted on Monday
“Imagine if all children were on an equal playing field. Imagine if we all started at the line equal instead of 20 yards behind. Imagine children waking up believing that their dreams could come true. Imagine what that belief could do for the future of this country….
Marcus opened up on how his family had to priorities food over books when it came to budgeting. Which he wish he had the chance to read more as a child.
The first Title of his book is YOU ARE A CHAMPION will be published in may 2021. Which covers Rashfords own life story and topics such as positive mentality, the value of education, female role models and understanding culture.
Marcus said ” reading completely changed my outlook and mentality ”
“I only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality.
“I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table.
“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.
“We know there are over 380,000 children across the UK today that have never owned a book, children that are in vulnerable environments. That has to change.
“My books are, and always will be, for every child, even if I have to deliver them myself. We will reach them.”
Rashford said acceptance and acknowledgment are a key focus of the project, adding: “Let our children read that they are not alone and enable them to dream.
“Equip them for obstacles and adversities they might face.
“Allow them to relate to characters by making sure people of all race, religion and gender are depicted correctly and representative of modern society.
“No matter where you grow up, talent should be recognised and championed.