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Premier League Allstars Competition 2020

This year we want YOU to write a poem based on the theme of ambition, using inspiration from the poem Beautiful Ambition by Karl Nova. The poem and subject encourages us to think of our dreams for the future and understand that dreams and aspirations are valuable and that they can be achieved. 

What is ambition?


Beautiful Ambition read by Karl Nova

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Make sure you complete your entry on the correct form. You can either download and print these from home or collect a blank copy from the office.


KS1 - Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2


KS2 - Years 3, 4, 5 and 6





Hand all completed entries in to the office by MONDAY 16TH MARCH.


These will then be posted, so entries received after this date may not be received by Premier League Allstars.



Judging criteria

The judges include Wes Brown and Cressida Cowell and they will be looking for the following:

  • Vocabulary that is relevant to the theme of ambition, dreams and hopes for the future
  • An appropriate tone
  • Poetry – figurative speech and devices to build a picture in the reader’s mind in a creative and effective way. For example, the use of alliteration, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, symbolism.
  • Elements of poetry – words chosen for effect, a sense of structure, clever use of rhythm, purposeful use of rhyme, (although not all poems have to rhyme).
  • Effect – does the poem celebrate ambition? Does the theme of ambition come across?
  • Originality – does this entry stand out from the rest? Is it original and unique?
  • Appeal – will it appeal to other primary-age pupils?

They will judge poems on their creative merits. Primary school aged children develop their skills in writing, spelling and punctuation as they go through school and poems will not be disqualified for errors in handwriting, spelling or punctuation. However, we would encourage all entrants to proofread their poem carefully and send their best copy.