‘Write to Unite’: Young people to receive special recognition
The winners of ‘Write to Unite’, a national writing competition run by Kick It Out and Arvon, the national creative writing charity, will descend on Leyton Orient FC’s Matchroom Stadium next Wednesday (2 April) for a prize-giving ceremony.
‘Write to Unite’ encouraged young people, aged 7-18, to creatively show how football can unite people regardless of their background through writing poetry, stories, songs and written features. The competition had three age categories – 7-10, 11-14 and 15-18 – with two chosen winners in each.
The prize-giving ceremony, which runs from 1-3pm, will bring young people together from across London, Manchester, Peterborough, Yorkshire, Kent and Coventry after they were chosen from over 300 entries submitted between November 2013 and January 2014.
The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges including Arsenal and England Women’s star Jordan Nobbs, one of Kick It Out’s ‘Next 20’ ambassadors, Anthony Clavane, an award-winning author and sportswriter for the Sunday Mirror, and Musa Okwonga, a leading poet, sportswriter and broadcaster.
The ceremony will see both Anthony and Musa performing some of their own work before presenting each of the winners, including a special group entry, with their prizes.
During the ceremony, all of the attendees will be invited to undertake a writing activity, entitled ‘What does football mean to you?’. To round off proceedings, one of the finalists will be officially crowned ‘Write to Unite’ Champion.