Premier League Writing Stars opportunities for children

This is a collaborative post.

At primary schools around the country right now, children are frantically writing poetry. It might not be what you’d imagine primary school children to be doing in the run-up to Christmas. However, tomorrow is the deadline for entries to the Premier League Writing Stars competition. So right now, it’s every child for themselves. 

Premier League Writing Stars visit a local school

As part of the Premier League Writing Stars competition, players and other celebrities are getting involved. Some are judges, others have written their own poems. Even more excitingly, some have been visiting children in schools to inspire them to pen a poem on the subject of diversity. 

Last week, Kortney Hause from Wolverhampton Wanderers and singer-songwriter S-X visited Springdale Junior school. They helped out with a Premier League Primary Stars poetry workshop. Each of them read out their own poems about diversity and took part in a question and answer session.

When children had completed their poems, nine year old pupil Kelsey was chosen to read hers out in front of a capacity crowd during half time at Molineux Stadium.

How to enter the Premier League Writing Stars competition

Premier League Writing Stars is the competition element of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme. This provides free online resources for teachers to use in PE, Maths, English and PSHE.  An incredible 101 football clubs in England and Wales are involved in the scheme. They provide support to teachers and pupils within their schools as part of this programme.

Entry is via the Primary Stars Website. Teachers need to submit original poems from their pupils by tomorrow, Friday 21st December. Poetry will be judged by an independent panel including Children’s Laureate Lauren Child. Other judges include children’s poet Joseph Coelho, footballer and presenter Rio Ferdinand and Songwriter Olly Murs. 

Why enter Premier League Writing Stars?

Last year, I went to a lovely event celebrating a year of Premier League Primary stars. The book that was produced from last year’s entries was incredible. There were some celebrity poems in the book too, including one written by Alan Shearer. Television presenter Ben Shephard wrote one too and he was in attendance at the event to read it out.

This year’s winners’ poems will be published in a new Premier League Writing Stars poetry book. Entrants could also win Premier League trophy visits and poetry workshops for their school.

Theo Walcott with children on the Premier League Primary Stars programme

Please note, this is a collaborative post with Premier League Writing Stars. All views and opinions are my own and images were provided by the Premier League. 

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