Joe Widdowson inspires young people for National Poetry Day.

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To celebrate National Poetry Day, Leyton Orient Player, Joe Widdowson, visited Fullwood Primary School, Ilford, to inspire pupils with their creative writing.

Joe spoke to the class about Leyton Orient’s National League win last season, what it meant for him as a player, but also for the team. He took with him the National League Trophy and his winner’s medals to show the pupils.

Pupils had the chance to ask Joe questions before they started work on their poems telling the story of the league win in their own words. At the end some pupils had the opportunity to share their poems with Joe and the Class.

Joe Widdowson, said: “You can see the excitement of the kids with the trophy and the medal – I think it’s good for them to see a local football player who’s had a little bit of a success story, and hopefully gives them some kind of inspiration and enjoyment.”

Sally Jones, Teacher, Fullwood Primary School, said: “The children and class teacher thoroughly enjoyed it and we loved the writing that it inspired. We’d like to say thank you to Joe for the wonderful responses he gave to the children’s questions and for the time, care and attention he gave the whole class.”

To read some of the children’s poems, visit:

This visit was organised by Leyton Orient Trust as part of Premier League Primary Stars. A programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.