Libraries to loan sports equipment to help families become ‘active’ readers this summer

For too many children, the summer holidays are a time when reading and physical activity levels drop, That’s why… In partnership with The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge, the Youth Sport Trust, is excited to introduce equipment loan scheme pilots in one focused library within five target locations: Islington, Barking and Dagenham, Middlesbrough, Oldham, and Penzance.

Embracing this year’s Challenge theme of sport and play, these pilots utilise existing library infrastructures to provide families with basic equipment and engaging activities inspired by the Summer Reading Challenge superstar team and their mascots. This initiative aims to inspire families to become ‘active’ readers, while also supporting libraries to help visitors reach the Chief Medical Officers’ daily recommendation of 60 minutes of physical activity. Join us in driving increased engagement with library services and fostering active communities!

Beyond the pilot locations, all library services and families participating in the Summer Reading Challenge, can access and download activity cards linked to the challenge characters by visiting

Karen Napier, CEO, The Reading Agency said: “This fantastic initiative from the Youth Sport Trust really shines a light on libraries as an invaluable community resource. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about getting activating imaginations through reading, play and sport and this equipment loan pilot will really support families with activities to do over the holiday.”

Ali Oliver MBE, Chief Executive, Youth Sports Trust said: “We’re excited to partner with The Reading Agency to deliver this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. For too many children, the summer holidays are a time when reading and physical activity levels drop, which can affect their academic attainment.

“By challenging children to get reading we want to use the power of books to unlock their imaginations and inspire them to be active whilst schools are closed for the summer. Regular physical activity is a vital part of children’s wellbeing, and we’re looking forward to supporting children to be happy and healthy so that they can achieve more.”

@readingagency @youthsporttrust


For all enquiries, please contact:

Alexander Turton [email protected]

The Reading Agency

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