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Premier League takes part in Rainbow Laces literary takeover

Further work to spread equality message

19 December 2021

The Premier League joined forces with the National Literary Trust for a special online event at the end of last month. A literary takeover was organised to mark the celebration of Rainbow Laces. And it is available for anyone who wants to watch it again.

The Premier League and all 20 clubs celebrated Rainbow Laces a couple of weeks ago, demonstrating their ongoing commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion and making it clear that football is for everyone. This year’s Rainbow Laces campaign encourages people to speak up on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community with the League and clubs using their reach and appeal to help people engage in meaningful conversation and show the importance of allyship. All Premier League matches taking place between 27 November and 2 December were dedicated to Stonewall’s campaign, including our home match against Everton and our away match against Tottenham Hotspur.

During this period Words for Life hosted a takeover event with new author Benjamin Dean, presented by CBBC's Ben Shires. Words for Life is created by the National Literacy Trust, funded by Kindred, the Department for Education, and supported by UK publishers. It provides parents, children and young people with activities and support to improve their language, literacy and communication skills from home.

The event was organised as part of the Primary Stars campaign. The scheme provides free, flexible and easy-to-use curriculum-linked teaching resources for schools. Using the power of football, the programme offers a host of free resources to teachers and pupils to encourage youngsters to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

Primary Stars has worked with Words for Life on a series of takeoever events. All can be seen again. Find out more here and below.


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