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Danish footballers teach children to read

The Danish Football Association has published a series of books entitled 'Read with the National Team' to encourage boys and girls to develop a passion for reading.

Christian Eriksen (right) stars in one of the books
Christian Eriksen (right) stars in one of the books ©DBU

Christian Eriksen, Kasper Schmeichel, Andreas Christensen, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Jannik Vestergaard, Yussuf Poulsen, Nadia Nadim and Pernille Harder are all national team stars on the football pitch who now also star in their own children's books.

The eight books in the Read with the National Team series published by Carlsen and the Danish Football Association are designed to help children learn to read by encouraging boys and girls who already love football to also develop a passion for reading.

Each book tells the story of how one of the players got into football, what it is like to play for the national team and what their life is like off the pitch.

The proceeds from the books will go to ten school projects that use football as a learning tool. Each project will receive DKK 10,000 (Danish krone). Together with the publisher, the eight players have already decided what projects they would like to support.

This article originally appeared in UEFA Direct 177