Young women from Cardiff create poems inspired by the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final.
“Sometimes people are nasty and rude;
Make comments about the way you look,
What skin colour you are.
Rise above it, never stop believing.”
(Pupils from Kitchener Primary School)
The City of Cardiff will tonight (1 June) play host to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final with the Men’s final taking place at the National Stadium of Wales on 3 June.
To celebrate this landmark event for Cardiff and Wales as a whole, Literature Wales and the Cardiff City FC Foundation teamed up to offer football and poetry workshops inspired by the Champions League and female role models.
Girls from Ysgol Y Wern and Kitchener Primary Schools took part in football training sessions with the CCFC Foundation and worked with poet clare.e.potter over three days in May to create their own Champions League themed poems.
The participants also had the chance to meet and interview three inspirational women currently involved in sport. These were: Cardiff City Women’s team player Kanisha Underdown; Fan Engagement Manager at Cardiff City Football Club, Amy McNiven; and TV and radio presenter Fran Donovan who was treated to a special reading of the poem written by the female pupils from Ysgol Y Wern.
The project resulted in the creation of a short film celebrating women in sport which will be and shared online across Literature Wales and Cardiff City FC’s social media channels on the day.
Lleucu Siencyn, Chief Executive of Literature Wales, said: “In Wales there is a close connection between literature and sport, and it’s wonderful to be able to welcome the world to Cardiff this weekend with the voices of some of our most talented young women.”
The project links to the Cardiff City FC Foundation’s Foundation’s existing Premier League Primary Stars initiative. Simon Stephens from the Foundation said: “It’s been fantastic to work with Literature Wales once again, using sport and literature as the tool to provide young females with a platform to express themselves and engage with strong female role models in the process.”
Each participant from the project has been provided one child and one adult ticket to attend the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday 1 June 2017.