The worlds of football and literacy have come together for the launch of Premier League Writing Stars

The new poetry competition from Premier League Primary Stars is offering money-can’t-buy prizes and will be judged by an all-star panel.

The Premier League has launched a poetry competition for children aged 5-11. Premier League Writing Stars is open to all primary schools in England and Wales and aims to get young people writing poetry in different creative forms.

The competition asks school children to write around the theme of resilience: what does it mean to you to try and try again? Entries can be any form of poetic writing including a rap or lyrics. Teachers and parents can register or nominate their child’s school to take part at PLPrimaryStars.com.

An all-star judging panel includes former professional footballer and children’s author Frank Lampard; ‘Charlie and Lola’ author-illustrator and Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child; Everton FC footballer and lyricist Yannick Bolasie and Young People’s Laureate for London Caleb Femi. All judging will be overseen by Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust Director.

The winning poems will be published in a limited-edition book. Other prizes include author-led writing workshops and Premier League trophy school visits, as well as winning poems being read aloud by football stars. The first 1,000 schools that enter the competition will receive a bespoke poetry ‘Book Bag’.

The campaign is supported by the National Literacy Trust and is part of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, which has already engaged more than 10,000 primary schools and 13,000 teachers in England and Wales.

Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore said:

“Premier League Primary Stars has already proved to be a success thanks to the great work our clubs are carrying out in their communities and the breadth of resources the programme makes available to primary school teachers. We have already achieved our initial target of engaging 10,000 schools and the programme keeps evolving. Premier League Writing Stars is backed by established authors and poets as well as footballers and our aim is to enthuse children, teachers and parents alike.”

The competition has already seen a host of famous faces contributing their own original poems on the theme of resilience. Click here to read their efforts!

More information on Premier League Writing Stars can be found at:
www.plprimarystars.com/writing-stars

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