Marcus Rashford, one of the leading footballers in the world, wishes he had been given the chance to read earlier in life.
Rashford, the Manchester United and England star forward, grew up dirt poor and the family had to choose food over books. He could not read until he was 17.
This week he launched a book club for children from deprived backgrounds so they can experience the “escapism” of reading.
He has teamed up with a book publisher to promote reading and literacy amongst the children.
Rashford wants to highlight the value of education, of being positive, and understanding culture.
During the Covid crisis in Britain, Rashford launched a campaign for free meals at schools.