Enter our poetry competition

We want pupils to embrace the spirit of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games through poetry.

'The Power of Sport' poetry competition

As the Official Banking Partner of the Commonwealth Games, and to celebrate the Games coming to Birmingham this summer, we’re delighted to launch our sports poetry competition.   

We've teamed up with the National Literacy Trust to call on young poets across England, Scotland and Wales to write a verse or two about what sport means to them.

 Competition closes Monday 4 July

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Get your whole class involved

If you’re a teacher, we want you to encourage your students to write a poem entitled ‘The Power of Sport’. The poem should explore what sport means to them personally. For example, it could focus on how it makes them feel, how it inspires them, or why sport is important. 

The competition is open to all Key Stage 1/Foundation/First Level students – and Key Stage 2/Second Level students, too.

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The prizes and experiences up for grabs

Your school could win a number of prizes – including tickets to the Games, 100 books for your school library, and a chance to meet some sporting heroes. Take a look...

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Teaming up with the National Literacy Trust

Our poetry competition builds on the Chase Rewarding Futures school libraries programme. In partnership with the National Literacy Trust (Opens in new window), it's transforming 150 primary school libraries for children in underserved communities across seven key areas across the UK, reaching around 35,000 children in the process.

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Sir Chris Hoy will announce the winners, live!

Sir Chris – alongside a special judging panel – will announce the winners and runners up at a special winners' event that'll be held in Birmingham.

The event will be streamed live for all schools to attend virtually – and you can register for free (Opens in new window) to watch all the action as it happens.

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