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.

A young boy holding a piece of paper

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

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