On the road to Wembley
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On the road to Wembley

Chigwell School was on the road to Wembley after winning a national writing competition.

Year 7 pupil, Ben Punt, won forty tickets for pupils to watch Manchester City take on Birmingham City at the SSE Women’s FA Cup final.  Ben won the national Writing Challenges competition, run by the Football Association and the National Literacy Trust who together created three writing challenges for pupils from Years 7 & 8 based around the SSE Women’s FA Cup.  The winning entry from Ben was entered in the ‘Winning Words’ category where the task was to write a pre-match team talk to motivate the teams taking part in the SSE Women’s FA Cup tournament.  The winning work was displayed around Wembley Stadium during the final.

Charlotte Nairac, Head of Key Stage 3 English at Chigwell School, said: “We’re delighted that Ben’s work has been chosen by the FA and National Literacy Trust as a winner of the FA Writing Challenges competition.  Pupils at Chigwell are keen sportsmen and women as well as creative writers, and this writing challenge allowed both passions to be showcased, hence our keenness to take part. 

FA Chief Executive, Martin Glenn, said: "It has been great to see such imagination and creativity from all of the students that have taken part and no doubt they’ll have a fantastic day at The SSE Women’s FA Cup Final on Saturday 13 May.” 

Tim Judge, Senior Programme Manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “We have a long history of using students’ love of football to help improve their reading and writing skills. The quality of entries to the competition has been extremely high, demonstrating the power of football to inspire students’ writing.  We’re delighted that students from Chigwell School are able to see their hard work given star billing at the match!”

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