Lampard to help find new Premier League Writing Stars

A new poetry competition for schoolchildren has been launched by the Premier League today and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is on the panel of judges who will choose the winners.

The Premier League Writing Stars initiative is open to all primary schools in England and Wales and encourages pupils between the age of five and 11 to get creative and write poems based on the theme of resilience.

Lampard, our all-time top scorer and a children’s author himself with his Frankie’s Magic Football series, said: ‘Resilience is something every footballer certainly knows about. Encouraging children to think about what it means to persevere and keep trying is a hugely valuable life lesson and I love that this message forms a core part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme and Writing Stars poetry competition. I am sure I will be reading lots of creative and inspiring entries.’

The winning poems will be published in a limited edition book, and other prizes include author-led writing workshops and Premier League trophy school visits.

Teachers and parents can register or nominate their child’s school on PLprimarystars.com, which also contains detailed information on age categories, prizes and judging criteria.

The campaign is supported by the National Literacy Trust and is part of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme which has engaged 10,000 primary schools and 13,000 teachers in England and Wales.

The competition launch coincides with National Poetry Day, and entrants will have until 22 December to submit their original poems.