It’s a funny ode game for Sheffield United

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Young football fans are being urged to try poetry.

Sheffield United have launched a poetry contest to coincide with a national anti-discrimination campaign and the city’s literary festival.

Youngsters are being encouraged to pen an ode of their own – and winners will receive their prize on the pitch at a United home game.

The competition is part of United’s link-up between the anti-discrimination Kick It Out campaign and Sheffield literary festival Off the Shelf.

There are two categories, aged nine to 11 and 12 to 14. Poems should be 10 to 12 lines long, have the title One Game, One Community and be written on the theme of how inclusive football is for everyone.

Entries should be emailed to community@sufc.co.uk. Closing date is Monday.