Liverpool FC recently welcomed journalist and author Dan Freedman to the Academy to speak about his latest novel ‘Born To Play’ with the Reds' pre-Academy team.

The novel focuses on the character Jamie Johnson, whose story reveals the personal and sporting challenges that he has to overcome to become a professional footballer.

Phil Roscoe, Head of Education and Welfare for Liverpool FC, said: “It was a fantastic to be able to welcome Dan to the Academy to talk about his book as this combined the experiences of Jamie in the novel with the importance of reading as well as giving the lads a taster of what is expected from professional footballers.
“It’s so important for the young players to recognise that education, and particularly reading,still play a big part in forming a well-rounded education while training.” 
Freedman added: “My massive passion for football is what gave me the confidence to write these novels about something that I love. 

“The purpose of the Jamie Johnson series is to encourage youngsters to go for their goals and pursue their dreams of becoming a professional footballer, but also to enhance their education, understanding of the world and their ability to express themselves through reading about a character that they can relate to.

“Liverpool FC supports the Academy widely in education and being able to speak to the young players and give them all a copy of ‘Born To Play’ to take home hopefully means that these young players will take quite a few positives away from the session.”