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Winners Announced: Schools Competition with AFC Bournemouth


The winners of our writing competition for schools and home-educated children in Dorset were announced in the official matchday programme.


The article in the Carabao Cup fixture with Stoke City announced Leo, Sadie and Eleanor as the winners in the three age categories. As well as featuring in the programme, they also received shirts and a tour of the Vitality Stadium.


The competition inspired and motivated children from 37 schools and home-educated families to write fun and creative stories with a football theme.


The Bournemouth Writing Festival and the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust teamed up to create a unique creative writing competition for Primary Schools and Home Educated children in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) and Dorset.


Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers who registered for the competition received a variety of free resources to help them in the classroom, including a video introduction from the women’s team, English curriculum-linked resources to develop their narratives and a story starter to get them off and running.


The story starter featured an annoying animal which keeps popping up and ruining the pitch at inopportune moments. Can they catch it before the big game starts – and will it hinder, or help, AFCB’s chances of winning?


Classroom materials have been created in conjunction with Sandford St Martins Primary Schools’ headteacher Paul Beveridge and his team. The three judges were:

  • Lorna Child, a multi-talented children’s author and HOT radio presenter.

  • Christine Aziz, a creative writing tutor at Arts University Bournemouth and winner of the Richard & Judy book prize. Her new children’s novel The Kingdom of Broken Magic is out now.

  • Jane Skellet has 46 years’ experience leading creative writing in schools and is the founder of the Hengistbury Head Writer’s Group.

Steve Cuss, Head of Community Sports Trust at AFC Bournemouth commented, “We value all our partners greatly and are thrilled to support this initiative to get young people reading and writing. By using AFC Bournemouth as a stimulus, we hope to encourage children to get writing.”


Festival co-founders Dominic Wong said “Our aim is to inspire and motivate all writers to write regardless of their age or ability. This competition with AFC Bournemouth, in conjunction with Sandford Primary School, provided teachers with exciting resources to use in the classroom which will spark pupils’ imaginations.”

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