Children in more than 15,000 schools across England and Wales have been inspired by Premier League Primary Stars.
Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Our most ambitious community programme to date, it has engaged more than 15,000 schools in its first year.
More than 25,000 primary school children were inspired to write a poem for Premier League Writing Stars.
This national poetry competition asked children to write about resilience, with two national winners and 20 regional winners announced in March 2018.
One of the Writing Stars competition judges was Everton midfielder Yannick Bolasie, who used his skills as a lyricist to help select the winners.
"It is so important to keep young children motivated and engaged with learning," he said. "Premier League Writing Stars not only underlines the importance of resilience in life but also shows that poetry can be fun and can take many forms, including song lyrics and raps."
Sadie from The Hermitage School in Woking was the Key Stage 2 national winner.
Her poem described her mother's battle with cancer.
The 10 year-old said: "I'm shocked and speechless, I was not expecting to win. I thought that some other kid was going to write another poem that was going to be judged better than mine. I’m really happy."
The national and regional winners' poems, as well as some written by former footballers and friends of the Premier League, were published in April in a book titled 'Try, Try Again'.
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