Press Release: Rugby & Literacy

England Rugby and kids’ author to tackle reading and writing

Children’s author – Tom Palmer – has been funded by the RFU to promote reading for pleasure before and during this autumn’s Rugby World Cup, hosted by England.

He will do this by hosting literacy events in public libraries over the summer, by writing a bespoke story that will unfold during the Rugby World Cup and through a set of literacy resources on the RFU website.

England’s hosting of the Rugby World Cup this autumn will create a huge buzz and – therefore – a great opportunity to promote reading for pleasure on the back of that.

In August Palmer will host his Rugby Reading Game at public libraries next to each of the thirteen Rugby World Cup venues, combining a rugby reading quiz with an indoor penalty competition. Tour details are listed at

In September and October he will write a ‘live’ Rugby World Cup story as the tournament progresses, reacting to the events on and off the pitch.

The RFU education website already hosts his set of reading for pleasure resources for schools, libraries and families to use with children, as well as fifteen writing drills based on aspects of the game. They can be found at

Palmer said: ‘I like to encourage children to read for pleasure by using whatever is exciting at the time. This autumn the buzz will come from England hosting the Rugby World Cup. I hope that these resources, events and story will help libraries and schools achieve that. As well as parents at home.’

Tom Palmer is the author of 30 children’s books, including his 2015 Rugby Academy series, published by Barrington Stoke. He will be writing a daily Rugby World Cup blog from August 7th until the end of the tournament, promoting reading through recommendations and a tournament diary aimed at children.

Please contact Tom direct via or @tompalmerauthor