Writing stars is back

26th November 2018

Premier League Primary Stars have launched the highly competitive annual poetry competition ‘Premier League Writing Stars’ again this year.

The competition offers primary school children the opportunity to get creative and design poems based on this year’s theme of diversity.

Diversity is an important theme in the Premier League and everyday life. It is about celebrating the things that make us different and the things that make us the same.

The Premier League teamed up with poet Joseph Coelho to inspire our young writing stars. You can see a number of stars reading his poem in the video attached to this story.

Last year’s theme of resilience saw hundreds of pupils across South West Wales enter our local Swansea City heat before submitting poems into the national competition.

After a difficult judging process, Chaska Manley (pictured above), a year five pupil from Blaenhonddan Primary School, Neath, picked up the top prize of a Swansea City jersey, signed by Tom Carroll, and two tickets to his first ever football match.

Since winning last year’s competition, Chaska’s attachment to football has only became stronger.

Chaska started to attend after school football sessions, where his confidence really developed and has resulted in him joining his local football team, Bryncoch FC.

This year our Primary Stars Programme has teamed up with EG Lewis Group, who will further enhance the prizes we offer our winners. EG Lewis Group are a local company who offer a full range of industrial services across South Wales.

Through their membership of the Swans’ City Business Network, EG Lewis Group are providing several fantastic prizes, including a Swans shirt signed by this year’s first team and four tickets to a Swans home game.

Also, the winning poem will be displayed in the LT10 lounge when the Swans take on Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

On a national scale, there will be 10 top prizes for foundation phase pupils and 10 top prizes for Key Stage 2 pupils to win. There will also be additional prizes for the best poems entered in Welsh.

Premier League prizes for overall winners:

  • A Premier League Trophy visit to your school
  • A visit to your school by a children’s author or poet
  • Winning poems read aloud by one of our star judges
  • Poems published in an official Premier League Writing Stars book
  • An invitation to a national celebration event and the chance to meet other poets
  • A framed version of the winning poems.

Poems will be judged on the correct use of vocabulary, tone, figurative speech, effect, appeal, and originality, while sticking closely to the theme of diversity.

Additional support and resources can be found at:

Foundation Phase Writing Stars resource pack

Key Stage 2 Writing Stars resource pack

Welsh language versions of these packs are also available below:

Premier League Writing Stars 2018: Cystadleuaeth Farddoniaeth Amrywiaeth Foundation

Premier League Writing Stars 2018: Cystadleuaeth Farddoniaeth Amrywiaeth KS2

To get your school involved in Primary Stars or to find out more information, contact our Primary Lead – curtisgrant@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk

The closing date for poem entries is December 21, 2018.