Indie publisher Rebellion is launching a limited edition football shirt as part of its campaign for the new Roy of the Rovers book about fictional football team Melchester Rovers.
Rebellion has teamed up with the National Literacy Trust (NLT), which will feature as "shirt sponsor", in keeping with real football clubs. Fans will be able to pre-order the shirts from manufacturer Hope & Glory’s website, in a range of sizes for children and adults.
The launch comes ahead of Sudden Death, the latest book in the Roy of the Rovers series, written by Tom Palmer and illustrated by Elkys Nova. The book will be published in September, followed a month later by New Digs, the next comic in the series, written by Rob Williams.
Jim Sells, sport and literacy programme manager at the NLT, said: "We're fierce supporters of the adventures of Roy Race and his sister Rocky and we're really proud to have the National Literacy Trust logo featured on these special Melchester Rovers shirts! Tom Palmer, Rob Williams and the exciting Roy and Rocky of the Rovers stories have all helped us to engage young readers, especially those who may be a bit reluctant to reading but love football!"
The shirts will be available to pre-order until 31st August 2021 here.