Skills Academy Reading Programme

Have you got what it takes?


  • Take part in the Skills Academy Reading Programme – run by the National Literacy Trust.
  • Skills Academy is aimed at students who are struggling to reach expected levels when it comes to reading. This programme will help with comprehension skills and rewards you by teaching you exciting football tricks.
  • Complete comprehension challenges 1 and 2 to unlock exciting rewards and complete challenge 3 to unlock an exclusive freestyle tutorial.
  • You can then practise your new skills, ready to show off in your next lesson!
  • Simply select the skill you are learning about in school and complete the comprehension challenges to unlock your rewards. You’ll even find exclusive tutorials from two of the world’s leading freestyle footballers, Aguska Mnich and Jamie Knight!
  • Try a warm-up challenge here.


  • Point your English teacher in the direction of this web page if you’re interested in this exciting new reading programme, which will give your school:
    • 1 year’s access to our Skills Academy microsite with online comprehension challenges (sample) and rewards (sample) for students.
    • 10 lesson plans (sample) focusing on core reading comprehension skills, including a vocabulary builder and guidance notes.
    • 20 books for the class – “Keeper” by Mal Peet and reading tracker bookmarks.
    • Exclusive tutorial clips from two of the of the UK’s best freestyle footballers.
    • 1 year’s membership to the National Literacy Trust Network.
    • Entry into a prize draw for an event with a freestyle footballer and author.If your school decides to sign up for the programme, it will receive:
    • If your school is already a member of the National Literacy Trust you can receive a £50 discount!