To help drive interest in poetry, the Premier League launched its Writing Stars competition last year to every school in England and Wales. With support from professional football clubs, current and former players, such as Alan Shearer, stars from the entertainment world as well as the National Literacy Trust, the response from children has been incredible.
In total, 25,200 poems on the theme of resilience have been sent in by primary schoolchildren aged 5-11.
The competition, which launched in September last year, asked children to write poems based on the theme of resilience and uses the appeal of the Premier League football to help inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Competition is now closed for entries.
With all the entries in, the competition’s all-star judging panel will meet on Tuesday 20th February to decide the national and regional winners of the competition.
The judging panel includes former professional footballer and children’s author Frank Lampard; ‘Charlie and Lola’ author-illustrator and Waterstones Children’s Laureate; Premier League star and lyricist Yannick Bolasie and Young People’s Laureate for London Caleb Femi.
All judging will be overseen by National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas. The poems will be judged on their originality, tone and effect.
The judges will select 20 regional winners as well as a national winner for each age group.
Prizes include, author-led writing workshops at the winners’ primary school, a visit from the Premier League Trophy as well as having their poems read aloud by football stars. National and regional winners of the Writing Stars competition will have their poems published in a limited-edition book.
Competition winners will be announced in March 2018
PL Writing Stars is part of Premier League Primary Stars, which is helping inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Primary school teachers can register for free resources, please CLICK HERE
Finally, there is further exciting news to come from Primary Stars. The scheme’s resources which have proved so popular with teachers in the classroom will be extended to help parents in the household.
For more information on Premier League Primary Stars, please CLICK HERE