National Writing Day comes to the Bridge

The written word took centre stage last month as more than 200 youngsters descended on Stamford Bridge to celebrate the inaugural National Writing Day.

National Writing Day is a collaborative initiative between the national literacy charity First Story and other literacy organisations across the UK, with the focus on encouraging people of all ages to put pen to paper.

To celebrate the inaugural day on 21 June, the Chelsea Foundation invited 250 youngsters aged nine and 10 from six local primary schools to the Bridge for the writing themed day which formed part of our ongoing commitment to the Premier League Primary Stars initiative.

The youngsters were given a range of exciting writing activities where they were able to develop their skills, which included describing an old football stadium and putting themselves in the shoes of a professional footballer and writing about what it would feel like to take a penalty, all of which was done with Stamford Bridge in the background.

The backdrop of the stadium and view of the pitch created an excellent atmosphere for the different challenges with the pupils also getting the chance to get up close and personal with the Premier League trophy.

Foundation schools education manager Sam Gaskin-Kemp said: ‘We were pleased to be able to host the first National Writing Day event at Stamford Bridge.

‘We included this as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme and it was great to use the theme of football and the background of the stadium to help inspire and motivate children with their writing.’

The event was hosted by the Chelsea Foundation’s education department and was delivered in partnership with ‘Pobble’ – a company whose aim is to make writing fun.

A group of children from Roehampton Primary School took part in a live Skype session with pupils from Derby County FC who were also completing similar activities for National Writing Day.

Each school chose a winning piece of writing from their pupils who were awarded with a prize in recognition of their achievements.

Henry Smith, lead teacher for Pobble, said: ‘What a day! The children were on spectacular form, with such enthusiasm and writing of a very high standard.

‘This was a special occasion: not only did children become published authors, but they even got to pose with The Premier League Trophy! Sam and the team at Chelsea put on a terrific day in a highly memorable venue.’