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Chigwell pupil wins FA Cup final tickets for his classmates through writing competition

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 May 2017

Ben Punt in the middle surrounded by his classmates

Ben Punt in the middle surrounded by his classmates

Chigwell School

A pupil from Chigwell School used his creativity and flair for the English language to win his classmates tickets to a football match.

Year 7 Ben Punt, beat off competition from more than 100 other entries, to be crowed winner of the FA Writing Challenge.

In association with the National Literacy Trust, the contest required participants to write speeches, poems and newspaper articles to help motivate the teams taking part in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

As well as getting sought after tickets, Ben’s entry – an inspirational half time speech – will be displayed around Wembley Stadium.

Chigwell School, High Road, Chigwell, said it was pleased with the win and the initiative fused a love of word with sport in one competition.

“We’re delighted that our student Ben’s work has been chosen,” said Charlotte Nairac, Chigwell’s head of Key Stage 3 English.

“Our students 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.

“Ben’s family and friends are really excited and we can’t wait to see Ben’s inspirational writing displayed.”

Ben and his pals will head to the stadium in north west London to watch Manchester City take on Birmingham City in the cup final today.

Tim Judge, of the National Literacy Trust, said that he was delighted that pupils from Chigwell School will see their hard work given “star billing”.

“We have a long history of using students’ love of football to help improve their reading and writing skills,” he commented.

“The quality of entries to the competition has been extremely high, demonstrating the power of football to inspire students’ writing.”

Following the success of the competition, the FA and the National Literacy Trust are launching a toolkit of reading resources for teachers centred around the UEFA European Women’s Championships.

FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, said: “It’s been great to see 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.”

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