Pitchside poetry a big hit for primary pupils

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Chesterfield FC fans often think it’s just like poetry in motion when their table-topping heroes are playing well.

But youngsters from a local primary school enjoyed rhyme of a different kind when they attended a poetry workshop at the Proact Stadium.

The clubs very own poet in residence Helen Mort welcomed Year 6 pupils from New Whittington Primary School.

Helen, who is also the Derbyshire poet laureate, was encouraged to see the children take on the workshop activities with such enthusiasm.

She said: “It was a super afternoon with such a keen and enthusiastic group of youngsters who genuinely seemed to enjoy trying out new ideas.

“My link with the football club has made me look at things from a different perspective and I’m sure that connection had the same effect on these youngsters who were keen throughout to share their ideas with others.”

Headteacher Kim Buxton said: “I felt that the experience for the children to work with and hear the work of a professional poet was a really valuable one. This is something they can now be encouraged to use in their own writing.”

Helen’s first book Division Street has been adopted by some schools as essential reading.