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Rio, Olly, Ben Shires and Ketch have been rhyming about diversity!

Premier League Writing Stars is an epic poetry competition open to Primary School pupils all over the UK!

Did you enter?

Judges Olly Murs and Rio Ferdinand have been very busy reading entries and picking winners! Oh, and some celebs (CBBC's Ben Shires and our very own Ketch!) have been rhyming too!

Check out their poems below – this year's theme was DIVERSITY!

People are annoying

By Ben Shires

People are annoying in a million different ways

They’re rude and loud and boring and they smell like mayonnaise.

People are annoying like it’s going out of fashion

They’re badly dressed, their hair’s a mess and their style is on the ration.

People are annoying and they’re serial offenders

Despite their crimes, they serve no time, for them there’s no surrender.

People are annoying and I’ve often wondered how

‘Cause they don’t start off annoying, but they’re sure annoying now.

People are annoying however they might look

Strong or frail, dark or pale, anyone can suck.

People are annoying whether white, black or blue

It’s not their skin, but what’s within that really annoys you.

People are annoying no matter where they’re from,

Background’s not important when you know they’re in the wrong.

People are annoying, but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt

They’re never born annoying, it’s always something that they’ve earnt.


By Ketch

Does it get more diverse than St. James’ Park?

Where the colours black and white are close to our heart!

Our boss is from Spain, there’s a Brazilian on loan,

Our current No.9 is a long way from home!

Venezuela, Korea, France, the USA,

All colours and creeds brought together to play!

For Rafa, our boss, our leader, our reason,

Following legends like Shearer, Sir Bobby and Keegan!

Howay Ayoze, Mohamed, Yoshinori,

Pass it to Shelvey, to Hayden, to Murphy!

It’s the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, whatever our plight,

Wherever you’re from, we’re all black and white!


By Rio Ferdinand

My life has always been football. The love of the beautiful game. Somewhere to forget differences. On the pitch, we're all the same.

We're all a player desperate to win. We all share a passion, a hunger lying within. In my team I found unity.

The fans were all my friends. Colour or gender didn't matter to the Stretford End or down the park in Peckham - a kickabout with my mates.

While my mind was on football, the rest of the world could wait. Religion doesn't matter when you're kicking a ball anyone can do it, whether big or small.

Gender doesn't matter. The Girls have got this too. On the pitch in the game, you've just got to be you.

In life, like in football, we should celebrate who we are differences shouldn't make us stronger, they make us who we are. On the pitch and off the pitch you matter as much as me. On and off the pitch, united in our diversity.

Pick up this week's MOTD mag to read Alex Scott's Diversity poem!


    • Whose poem do you like best?

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KLOPP! You don't really suck, Jurgen! But it sucks you got 97 points and didn't win the league!