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Premier League Writing Stars is our competition for pupils aged 5 to 11 across England and Wales, which this year asks pupils to write a poem on the theme of diversity. A new poem to spark their creativity has also been written specially for this competition: Beautifully different, Wonderfully the same by Joseph Coelho.
The competition is the perfect way to immerse your pupils in the world of poetry. It is supported by downloadable curriculum-linked resources in English and Welsh.
Here are some of our favourite celebrity poems to get your pupils' creative juices flowing!
Premier League Writing Stars judge and ex-Premier League Footballer Rio Ferdinand has shared his own fabulous Diversity poem called ‘United’
Rachel Riley, TV presenter, Maths superstar and Premier League Primary Stars advocate joined in the competition with…
I’ve been poeming again! 😝 Over 26k primary school entries last year, thought I’d get a head start on the competition this time around - extra marks for being an eager beaver?! @PLCommunities 🤓⭐️ PS it needs a name! Any suggestions?#PLPrimaryStars pic.twitter.com/r1El3DrXmg— Rachel Riley (@RachelRileyRR) November 7, 2018
Premier League Writing Stars judge Olly Murs worked with pupils at St. Lukes R.C Primary School in Salford to produce these fantastic poems
Wow 😮 top morning at ST. LUKES R.C Primary School! Check out these little legends doing some poetry about DIVERSITY on one of my songs 😁👍🏻 @PLCommunities #PLPrimaryStars @ManUtd @premierleague ✍️ pic.twitter.com/y0TubrKg2L— Olly Murs (@ollyofficial) November 12, 2018
BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker has also joined in with the brilliant Blue is not the colour
Ok... here goes. If you’re in Primary School and fancy writing a poem or rap for the #PLWritingStars campaign just go to https://t.co/HamCJps82v— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) November 12, 2018
The subject this year is diversity and here’s my effort ⚽️@premierleague @PLCommunities pic.twitter.com/afeErg38LF
Even the animal kingdom has joined in with this fantastic entry from Hartlepool United mascot H’angus the monkey
Today is the launch of the @PLCommunities Writing Stars Competition and this year's theme is Diversity. @hangus99 has got in on the action and written his own poem about the subject and we will be in touch with all #Hartlepool Primary Schools to get involved! #PLPrimaryStars pic.twitter.com/dqgPaWyRtu— HUCSF (@HUCSF) November 6, 2018
‘Jamie Johnson’ author Dan Freedman threw his hat into the ring with his thoughtful poem ‘Funny Old Lot’
Footballer and pundit Mark Schwarzer has joined the effort by writing his first poem on over 30 years; Not just any round ball
PL Writing Stars is back!!— Mark Schwarzer (@schwarzer_mark) November 15, 2018
If I can, so can you. So come on primary schools all over the World! You’ve heard my poem on #Diversity now it’s your turn! Get involved in @premierleague Writing Stars now! Head to https://t.co/a7NYThW3Yi #PLPrimarystars @PLCommunities pic.twitter.com/WFcmg5L3MH
Presenter Ben Shephard took to the great outdoors to share his poem celebrating diversity
Finally my effort for @premierleague #PLPrimaryStars poetry comp. Not sure it measures up to @RachelRileyRR amazing poem, but it is longer than @maxrushden ‘s! Get your Primary Schools involved Sign your school up here 👉 https://t.co/7ZeDXfugfR pic.twitter.com/NfQ5nCWTDM— Ben Shephard (@benshephard) November 15, 2018
Match of the day kickabout presenter, Ben Shires got involved with his poem; People are annoying!
People are annoying, but poetry certainly isn’t!— Ben Shires (@BenShires) November 16, 2018
Here’s my effort for this year’s #PLPrimaryStars Writing Stars Challenge, all about Diversity.
Get your Primary School involved by signing them up here 👉 https://t.co/kDNixlsGWv @PLCommunities @Premierleague pic.twitter.com/o1Ve4Uuv7I
Even the cast of The Greater Game took a moment away from treading the boards to share their poem
CNN sports presenter, Amanda Davis drew on her experience of interviewing sports stars to share her poem celebrating similarities and differences
It’s been a high bar set by @RachelRileyRR & @mrdanwalker!!! But here’s my little poetic effort for #PLPrimaryStars... the theme “beautifully different, wonderfully all the same”. Get involved in @premierleague Writing Stars & see what you can come up with... pic.twitter.com/XhGSG4219K— Amanda Davies (@AmandaDCNN) November 16, 2018
Chair of the Football Writer's Association, Patrick Barclay, contributed with his poem on the beautiful game
Calling all primary schools. This is me @theofficialfwa kicking off our contribution to the brilliant @PLCommunity poetry celebration #PrimaryStars. Diversity is the theme. Let’s beat all records! pic.twitter.com/muBSFlTpZh— Patrick Barclay (@paddybarclay) November 15, 2018
Sports commentator and journalist Jacqui Oatley’s poem ponders what it’d be like if everyone was the same
I’ve had a crack at writing a poem to encourage primary school kids to do similar (and better 😊). This time, the @premierleague #PLPrimaryStars competition has “diversity” theme. Deadline Fri Dec 21st. More info at https://t.co/yW25S8oxXa @PLCommunities 📝 pic.twitter.com/hvJlwnU5Dq— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) November 27, 2018
Television presenter and former footballer Dion Dublin asks us to celebrate diversity embrace each others differences
Former footballer Alan Shearer’s verse shows how football can unite us
I know @mrdanwalker in particular has been waiting for my latest poem. So here it is! My poem about Diversity. So primary schools, you’ve heard mine, now it’s your turn. Head to https://t.co/mvltFAmyeA for more information #PLPrimaryStars @PLCommunities @premierleague pic.twitter.com/MK8unXqFLF— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) November 25, 2018
Gabby Logan's drew on personal experience
Calling all Primary Schools - this is my poem on diversity now it’s your turn! Get involved @premierleague Writing Stars now! Go to https://t.co/mJLqPJWHcB #PLStars @PLCommunities pic.twitter.com/srTsFZkQJP— Gabby Logan (@GabbyLogan) December 11, 2018
While Peter Polycarpou drew on his love of tea
Here’s my poem for this years theme of ‘Diversity’ for the Primary Stars writing project. Get writing you Primary School Stars! Deadline is 21st December.... @PLCommunities @premierleague @AlastairBe. Feel free to RT with the hashtag #PLprimarystars... pic.twitter.com/mbckwxmoY0— Peter Polycarpou (@polywallydoodle) December 10, 2018
Reshmin Chowdhury's is a family affair
🙋🏽♀️Calling all primary schools! Here’s my poem on diversity for the Premier League’s “Primary Stars” competition, now it’s your turn! Mine is inspired by the generation that paved the way for us 💖 https://t.co/qki4T1pquk @premierleague @PLCommunities #PLPrimaryStars pic.twitter.com/4ziz1FBull— Reshmin Chowdhury (@ReshminTV) December 10, 2018
Brighton and Hove Albion shared a pupil's inspiring tale based on Walter Tull's life
📄 Bruno and @MatyRyan read academy player Will O’Brien’s @premierleague Writing Stars poetry competition entry based on the life of Walter Tull, professional footballer and the British Army’s first black officer. @PLCommunities #PLPrimaryStars #diversity#BHAFC 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/AD7K5Z4gHq— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) December 10, 2018
Jamie Carragher, Kelly Cates, and Gary Nevlille took a moment away from the action to share their poem
CALLING ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS: You’ve heard our poem on diversity, now it’s your turn... Get involved in @premierleague Writing Stars now!— Sky Sports (@SkySports) December 7, 2018
Head to https://t.co/XTWkfDnD6f for more information. #PLPrimaryStars @PLCommunities pic.twitter.com/uxZMspSVXJ
Sports Presenter Lynsey Hipgrave set her poem against a seasonal backdrop
Here’s my attempt at a poem on diversity, now it’s over to you primary schools! Get involved in @premierleague Writing Stars, the deadline is 21st Dec. Head to https://t.co/LSXpDlNwPu for more info #PLPrimaryStars @PLCommunities pic.twitter.com/LBjGDCdbBe— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) December 7, 2018
Sports correspondent Carrie Brown shared a tale of coming of age
Here’s my clunky poem on diversity for the #PLPrimaryStars challenge. Looking forward to hearing from my 3 cheeky nieces in Oxford & I’m challenging my marginally older friends to have a go too, your voice counts! https://t.co/B9yjgW393L for more information @PLCommunities pic.twitter.com/vNuvYVe7GU— Carrie Brown (@CarrieBrownTV) December 7, 2018
Jeremy Vine used a stripey theme to highlight beauty through difference
Plus a fantastic entry from Stella Creasy on behalf of Walthamstow!
Take part in our competition to write a poem on diversity the @premierleague said. So walthamstow did and clearly win…😬Head to https://t.co/7YeAGKBrmP or follow @PLCommunities @premierleague Now it’s your turn primary schools to have a go! #PLPrimaryStars pic.twitter.com/UO9gvajPsX— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) December 13, 2018
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