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Literature verses football in new kids' poetry comp

Top literary and football names are teaming up to search for young 'Premier League Writing Stars'

Posted by Julian Owen | October 06, 2017 | Events

The Premier League has launched a poetry competition for children aged five to 11. Premier League Writing Stars is backed by names from the worlds of football and literature. The campaign is open to all primary schools in England and Wales and aims to get young people writing poetry in different forms.

Inspired by the William Hickson poem ‘Try, Try Again’, which was recited by footballers in the recent Premier League Primary Star advertising campaign, 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 song lyrics. Teachers and parents can register or nominate their child’s school to take part at

The all-star judging panel includes: former professional footballer and children’s author Frank Lampard; ‘Charlie and Lola’ author-illustrator and Waterstone's Children’s Laureate Lauren Child; Premier League star and lyricist Yannick Bolasie; and Young People’s Laureate for London Caleb Femi (pictured above). All judging will be overseen by Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust Director.

Entries will be considered against a range of criteria including creativity, tone and originality. 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 having winning poems read aloud by football stars. The first 1,000 schools to enter the competition will receive a bespoke ‘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.

Entrants have until 22 December to submit their original work. 

All entries are submitted via schools, and teachers and parents should visit to register or nominate their schools to take part. 

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