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Premier League Writing Stars competition: ‘Try, Try Again.’

Local schools encouraged to take part in national poetry competition

10 November 2017

‘Poetry’ and the ‘Premier League’ aren’t two phrases you would usually put in the same sentence. Yet the Premier League’s Writing Stars project, a nationwide education initiative, launched a Poetry Competition in September.

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, who works in partnership with the Premier League, encouraged school children to enter the competition and unlock their creative talents.

The competition is focused around the theme of resilience, entitled Try, Try Again. Many Bees fans may have seen the advert – featuring Jose Mourinho and various Premier League players on TV.

The competition also offers exciting prizes for the best poems – namely, a poetry workshop, trophy visits and the opportunity for pupils to read their winning poems to a player or manager.

Calum McHardy, P.E coordinator at Mount Caramel Catholic Primary School, said: “It is fantastic that we have used the power of football to develop children’s literacy skills.”

Brentford striker, Lasse Vibe, was certainly impressed with the pupils’ poems at Mount Caramel Catholic Primary School in Ealing. He visited the school on Wednesday 18 October - where 120 children entered the competition.

Lasse said: “These kids certainly put a smile on my face today – I hope I put a smile on their face too.”

Luke Brooks-Smith, Training and Development Manager at the Trust, said: “We currently engage with 5,000 primary school children a week through extra-curricular sport and education delivery. The poetry competition is just one of the many initiatives we run at primary schools across west London.”

The competition is available to any primary school in England and Wales; the closing date is Friday 22 December 2017.

For more information about the competition please contact Luke Brooks-Smith on 020 8326 7030 or e-mail

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