Charlie Adam is backing a Premier League campaign to get children reading.

The midfielder has spoken of his own reading habits after agreeing to support the Premier League Reading Stars initiative. 

He said: "I like to read on the coach sometimes on the way to a game, or in the hotel the night before a game because it helps me relax.

"At the moment I'm reading James Corden's autobiography. He's one of those guys who seemed quite funny so I thought I'd read his book, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it."

Adam has joined Joey Barton, Theo Walcott and 17 other players from the top flight to set challenges for kids at www.premierleaguereadingstars.org.uk.

The challenges are designed to help improve literacy standards.

Premier League Reading Stars, which is delivered by the National Literacy Trust and funded by Arts Council England and the Premier League, started in 2003. Since then more than 100 Premier League players have supported the project, 15,000 children and parents have participated, and more than 50,000 books have been read.

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