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Last week Premier League football players visited schools in Manchester and London to see if they could inspire even more entries into the Premier League’s Writing Stars competition – which closes next week.
The Premier League Writing Stars competition challenges primary school pupils across England and Wales to write their own poems around a chosen theme. This year it’s all about diversity and Joseph Coelho has written a poem specially for Premier League Writing Stars, to inspire children to enter. Beautifully different, Wonderfully the same encourages us to think of ways to celebrate similarities and differences that bring us together which are themes that run through the Writing Stars programme. During the competition children can compose their own poems for the chance to win some amazing prizes.
Manchester City football players, Brahim Diaz, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Daniel Grimshaw and Arijanet Muric visited Ashbury Meadow Community Primary School in Manchester and Moussa Sissoko who plays for Tottenham Hotspur visited North Harringay Primary School in London last week.
The footballers helped inspire the classes to produce poems for the Writing Stars competition as well as giving their own thoughts on how our differences and similarities make us stronger.
It’s safe to say that pupils at the schools loved meeting the premiership football players and as well as being a lovely surprise it also really inspired their creativity. What child wouldn’t love to meet their footballing heroes and take part in a lesson with them too? I know my own children would gain so much from an experience like this and would be talking about it for years!
If you haven’t heard of it before, Premier League Writing Stars is the competition element of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme. The programme provides teachers with free online resources across the whole of the curriculum. Plus, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are just two of over one hundred Premier League, EFL and National League clubs in England and Wales which provide in-school support to teachers and pupils as part of this fantastic programme too.
The competition is something children from across the country can get involved with and this year’s competition judging panel includes Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, former Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand, Joseph Coelho and Olly Murs. The winning poems will be published in a limited-edition book and entrants can also win poetry workshops and Premier League trophy visits for their primary schools.
Is your child’s school getting involved in the Premier League Writing Stars competition? It closes next Friday and teachers need to submit the original poems by post or online. If you’re a teacher why not get your school or class involved as something fun at the end of term? And if you’re a parent, suggest entering to the school – there’s nothing to lose and so much to win. You can find out more here.
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