Premier League Writing Stars – Olivia Smith, 7, from North Wales wins Premier League poetry competition

To help drive interest in poetry, the Premier League launched its Writing Stars competition last year to every school in England and Wales.

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.

With voting over, I can now announce the winner!!

Ysgol Brynffordd School pupil Olivia Smith, aged 7, has been named as the Wales winner of the Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition.

Premier League Writing Stars saw more than 25,000 children, aged 5-11 , across England and Wales submit original works of poetry themed around the value of resilience – and Olivia’s poem was picked as a winner by the competition’s all-star judging panel, which includes former professional footballer Frank Lampard OBE, Premier League player Yannick Bolasie, Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and young people’s laureate for London Caleb Femi.

Olivia will now be presented with a framed version of her poem by her school teacher – and will also read her poem aloud to her schoolmates.

Try Try Again by Olivia Smith – Ysgd Brynffordd School

Together we will work as a team.
Resilience means try your best.
You can do this.

Think before I jump on my horse.
Remember to keep your reins short.
You might not do it the first time but you can do it again.

Anyone can do this.
Gallop over the jump.
After you’ve jumped remember to keep in control.
It’s hard to ride a pony.
Never think you can’t do it.


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