Last week we asked families to work together to write poems on the theme of ambition for the first Premier League Primary Stars Friday Family Challenge.
There was plenty of creativity on show in the entries we received and here are a selection of some of the best.
James has written a poem for the @PLCommunities Writing Stars competition! He goes to U10 Cambridge Utd RDC and wanted to write about the journey of a young footballer to a professional. @CUFCDevelopment @CUCTrust #PLPrimaryStars pic.twitter.com/uLpEJpXfhk— Simon Wall (@Wallathon) March 18, 2020
A is for adventure, to learn what we don't know.
M is for a mission, persistence is how I grow.
B is to believe, well that's easy, to believe that you can do.
I , imagination, runs free when cut loose.
T is for take, to take the chance that you have been given.
I is for if, if not now then when? No one knows.
O is for an open mind, an open mind leads to an open and fulfilling future.
N is for never, to never stop looking, for I have reached and conquered my goal and now, I am an inspired teacher.
The only score that matters
I had just turned ten and was excited to start football again.
I got sick, the doctors said I had Cancer.
I started to cry, I didn't want to die.
I told my friends, my team.
They said it would be alright and that together we would win this fight.
The thing is we are no normal team, we are the dream team.
I had a huge operation just as my story hit the nation.
The men and Ladies National football team wanted to meet me and sent their love.
I was so excited - Loren Dykes, Rhiannon Roberts, Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale.
Again I started to cry, I didn't want to die.
My treatment was the hardest thing ever.
But together with my team, I would win.
I needed a focus, an aim, a dream.
It was easy really, I just wanted to play and be with my team.
'Togetherstronger' is the Welsh football motto.
No one knows how true these words are.
Through the love, focus and support of football, I conquered it all.
I no longer cry, I didn't die.
Now I smile.
This is my story, not no Jackanory.
I am Maisy, aged ten, football mad and Cancer survivor.
Before I forget, there's one more thing to tell you.
Maisy 1 - Cancer 0.
I don't like COVID-19
I wish I could crush it
With a wallop and a bang and a clang.
It stole my ambitions, my dreams, my opportunities
And my vision,
My wish to be an Olympic swimmer
Sank to the bottom of my heart
With a splash.
My desire to become an author
fell off the publisher's desk
with a thud.
My appetite to help the planet
Was swallowed up
with a gulp.
My aim, my faith, my determination
I have a vision, I do,
This one clearer than ever.
My determination, my faith, my aim, my intention.
My desire, my dream, my effort
Is to make success.
We will kill COVID-19 together,
and our ambitions
will come true.
Our objectives and our purposes in life
They will run back to us
and hug us more tightly than ever,
Shouting four words:
You can do anything!
What is my ambition? Is it to be a mathematician?
What do I admire, a politician or a writer of fiction?
What is my aim and what do I want to gain?
Do I want to do new things or repeatedly do the same thing again and again?
Do I want fame or do I want to be what some consider plain?
No matter what I want to be I have to use my brain.
I will keep my faith and use my belief to break through any chain.
I will pray real hard on my knees and be thankful for what I gain.
After the hardship, comes the ease and that is the best of change.
My ambition is to never quit, never give up and to stay upbeat.
Whether down the road or up the street, wherever I trip there'll be no defeat.
I will pick myself up, get back to my feet and back to what I want to achieve.
I have to give thanks for all that I have, everything that lets me proceed,
A step at a time, a walk then a run, a marathon will easily be done.
I will stick with what I aspire, my hopes and my dreams,
and determinedly complete all my goals. I will try through the trials,
fly through the miles and be sky high when I'm all but done,
behind these grey clouds of storms and rains
lives a smile that shines as big and as bright as the sun!
Seven years old and I'm out again in the cold,
Mum says I'll get ill but I won't be told.
I've got one aim in mind,
Be a professional footballer so mum can leave this place behind.
I can do this, I know I can,
I'll train hard now and I'll get there once I'm a man.
I want to play for Chelsea,
That's my dream.
Mum says I can be whatever I want to be.
That's why she stands out in cold, you see,
Because I became we,
And she believes in me!!
Families looking for activities and ideas to keep children entertained and educated while at home can visit the Primary Stars website.