Born To Play

The book that inspired the TV series!

Born to Play

If you like football, this book's for you

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With the ball at his feet, Jamie’s brain was clear and free. Free for football. Programmed to play. Set to score.

A specially written prequel to the series…

Jamie Johnson is having a tough time at school. The bullies won’t let him play football at break, his best mate is at another school and the weirdest kid in class won’t leave him alone.

Right now, he needs his football skills more than ever …

You'll read this and want to get out and play



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Dan Freedman

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Dan Freedman


Creator of Jamie Johnson, author of Unstoppable and trying his hand at poetry too...


Dan gives engaging talks to schools, academies, football clubs and corporations across the UK.


Partnerships include Premier League Primary Stars, Wicked Young Writer Awards and Youth Sport Trust.

Jamie Johnson


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Rooney & Gerrard

Inspiration for Born to Play
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Jamie Johnson Intro

Dan introduces JJ
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Eniola Aluko

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