WES MORGAN became only the 13th player to lift the Premier League Trophy when Leicester City completed one of the most remarkable title wins in English football.
And the Foxes captain is using his experiences of that triumph in 2016 to inspire children across England and Wales to get involved in Premier League Writing Stars.
Jamaica-born Morgan is one of the judges for this year’s poetry competition, which is based on the theme of ambition, and he has spoken about how he achieved his dream of winning the Premier League despite facing knockbacks during his career.
“As Leicester captain sometimes the younger players approach me wanting to know how to achieve their ambitions, their dreams and their goals, so I tell them the story about my journey through football,” he says.
“I always go back to the disappointment I had when I first started football, so you should always keep the faith and keep going until you can’t go any more.”
The third edition of Writing Stars encourages primary school pupils aged five to 11 across England and Wales to get creative with their writing.
Writing Stars entries can be any form of poetic writing including a rap or lyrics bust must be no longer than 150 words. Morgan says he is looking forward to reading the entries and has revealed what he will be looking for as a judge.
“What makes a poem stand out to me is the flow of the poem, the imagination, the creativity and putting it all together to create something special.”
All poems must be submitted by post or through www.PLPrimaryStars.com by the closing date of Friday, March 20 to be considered.
The campaign is supported by the National Literacy Trust and is part of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme, which has already engaged more than 17,000 primary schools.