Premier League Writing Stars Competition | Diversity

December 7, 2018

As I sit down to tell you all about the Premier League Writing Stars competition. I can’t help reflecting upon how different this post would have been a year ago. Whilst Tigger has always applied himself well at school, this time last year we hit a speed bump in the road. 

Writing was that speed bump.

From not writing anything, to not enough or using the least amount of possible words to make up a sentence. For whatever reason putting pen to paper was such a struggle for him. If you asked him a question, he could tell you the answer in great detail. So it wasn’t as though he didn’t know what to write. He just couldn’t get the words from his head on to the paper.

His wonderful teacher and teaching assistant worked tireless with him to help him overcome whatever was stumbling block was. Using their wealth of knowledge, understanding his character and what makes him tick. Plus a variety of different resources, including those from the Premier League Primary Stars.

That was last year. 

This year, he is a different child and has recently received an award from a poetry competition that the school entered his ‘Colour World‘ poem into. With it being featured within a publication next February. I cannot tell you just how proud I was opening that letter – I cried. Even more so when I went and spoke with his teacher and teaching assistant from last year to thank them for their hard work.

Now back to the Premier League Writing Stars competition…

Premier League Writing Stars Competition

Returning for its second year the Premier League Writing Stars competition asks primary school children to write poems around this year’s Diversity theme. Supported by tailored resources for both teachers and parents, and inspired by football, children will are encouraged to explore the importance of differences and similarities.

What does it mean to be beautifully different and wonderfully the same?

Beautifully Different, Wonderfully the same

To help inspire both children and teachers for this years Writing Stars competition, Joseph Coelho was commissioned to write a poem – ‘Beautifully Different, Wonderfully the same‘. With the message and tone of the poem set as a guide to aid children on their creative journey to write their own poem.

The Writing Stars competition opened last month and is open for submissions until December 21st 2018.

The judging panel consists of Rio Ferdinand, Lauren Child, Joseph Coelho and Olly Murs. The judges will be looking through all the entries in January and February 2019. Before announcing the prize winners in March 2019.

Get involved with the Premier League Primary Stars

If your child’s school is not already involved in Premier League Primary Stars, you can nominate them at and encourage their teacher to sign up to the Writing Stars poetry competition. 

Schools must submit all their entries for the poetry competition before 21st December 2018!

Collaborative Article with Mumsnet and Primary League Writing Stars


  • MissPond December 7, 2018 at 9:54 am

    I’m so glad he’s doing so well! What an achievement, you must be so proud. This competition sounds perfect – will your son be entering?

  • Rachel December 7, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Oh wow what a little trooper, you must be so proud right now, I think I would have cried too x

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN December 7, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Oh wow I would have been proud too. That’s a great achievement it sounds like he has come a long way.

  • Mellissa Williams December 7, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    What an achievement for Tigger, well done! The Premier League Writing Stars sounds like a fab competition.

  • Treasure Every Moment December 7, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    What an achievement – well done Tigger! I love it when bigger companies get involved in education and inspiring others to write/read more 🙂

  • Olivia Jade December 7, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Really well done, great achievement!! Glad that he has managed to develop his skills, wishing him all the best 🙂 x

  • rhian westbury December 8, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    I think anything that can encourage kids to actually write is good as people don’t use pen and paper as much anymore. That’s amazing that his poem is going to be printed, you must be so proud x

  • Kelsey December 8, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    This seems like such a good initiative to get kids writing more! Also glad to hear that Tiger has got over the speed bump with words!

  • Yaya December 9, 2018 at 6:18 am

    How wonderful that he is now liking writing. It’s so easy to pigeonhole people, even kids, but sometimes we just grow into things. Good for you, Tigger! x

  • Kara December 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I love that our school are onboard with this programme – we have some footballers coming in soon to work with the kids

  • Stephanie December 9, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    What a great initiative to get kids into writing more x

  • Fiona jk42 December 9, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I’m glad Tigger is now doing well. I gave my son, who was a reluctant reader and writer, a notebook in which to write songs, and encouraged him to write down any little snippets that came into his head. It’s not necessary to play a musical instrument, as the songs can be performed rap or hip-hop style. It is a good way to help kids express themselves, and they need to write the lyrics down so that they can hone the words until they are the way they want.

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