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Kieran Trippier visits local school to help pupils with national poetry competition

Posted on 17 November 2017  - 13:10

Kieran Trippier visited Brook House Primary School in Tottenham to meet pupils working with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation on the Premier League Writing Stars initiative.

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Brook House Primary School opened in 2015 as part of the regeneration of north Tottenham, providing affordable homes and education to the local community through a partnership between the Club and Newlon Housing Trust. Built on the site of the former Cannon Rubber factory, Brook House Primary is one of eight local schools working with the Foundation on Writing Stars.

The school children, aged 5-11, have been working with coaches from the Foundation to develop poems to submit to Premier League Writing Stars, a national poetry competition for primary schools across the UK.

During the visit, Kieran took part in a question and answer session with the class before getting the chance to hear some of the poems they are working on. This year, all entries are themed on the topic of resilience and trying harder.

Foundation coaches spend one day per week in the classroom at Brook House Primary School delivering Premier League Writing Stars as well as one-to-one support for selected students in English and Maths. The Foundation also provides PE support to teachers to help them feel more confident and gain an increased knowledge in delivering quality physical activity and sport lessons.

Below: Well done! Kieran at Brook House Primary School

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The Writing Stars initiative forms part of Premier League Primary Stars, which uses the appeal of football clubs to inspire children in English, Maths, PE and PSHE.

Kieran said: “It was great to meet the children at Brook House Primary School today and to hear some of the poetry they are working on.

“Being resilient is important to people of all ages, from all walks of life - as professional players, we need to demonstrate a great level of resilience, particularly if we have lost a game or had an injury as we need to be able to bounce back and work harder.

“It’s important to never give up and I hope that some of the advice I gave the children today will inspire them to keep trying and working hard at school.

“Good luck to all of the children entering the competition this year.”

Aaron Wright, Headteacher of Brook House Primary School, said: “Our children really look forward to their sessions with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and I know they get a lot out of their classes.

“The sessions always have a great stimulus and create a great sense of purpose for writing which has had a noticeable impact on the children's positive attitudes, resilience and stamina with developing their literary skills.

“It is fantastic to have a player like Kieran visit the pupils at Brook House to further develop their aspirations and we'd like to thank him for taking the time to hear some of our children's poems as well as share the advice he gave about always trying your best and never giving up.”

For more information about Premier League Writing Stars, contact foundation@tottenhamhotspur.com