Rugby stories tackled by children

Jane Purdie from the all-Wales Audience Development Team, writes a guest post about the recent successful Rugby Stories competition held with libraries, museums and archives in Wales.Competition logo

First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones AM announced the winners of the national Rugby Stories writing competition for young people whilst also officially launching the Kick-offs and Keep-sakes exhibition at National Museum Wales, Cardiff on 16 September 2015.

Organised by the all-Wales Audience Development Team, over 500 entries were submitted to the ‘Rugby Stories’ national bilingual competition for young people. The challenge was to produce a piece of creative writing or digital storytelling on the theme of rugby, to coincide with the Rugby World Cup taking place in the UK this autumn (including some matches being played in Wales).

To help inspire children events were held in libraries, museums and archives across Wales during the summer and children had the opportunity to work with authors, poets and rap artists as well as the chance to meet some local and regional rugby players.

Young people between 7-16 years old let their imaginations run wild and could enter a poem, short story or film. The entries were judged by a specially selected panel of judges comprising rugby stars, authors, librarians and media experts.

Attending the presentation event, two of the judges, author Dan Anthony and Bardd Plant Cymru (Children’s Poet Wales) Anni Llŷn were delighted to meet the finalists. Dan commented:

“Thank you to all the children and judges that have been involved in the competition; it has been a great opportunity for children to share what rugby means to them as well as developing their literacy and digital skills. It was great fun to read and watch the entries and a really difficult job to pick the winners and runners up – well done to everyone who entered.”

Group of children

Competition winners (C) Welsh Government

The winners are:

Poetry Winners (7-9 yrs)

  • 1st – Rowan Lewis, Swansea
  • 2nd – Deio Jones, Conwy (Welsh language entry)
  • 3rd – Ianto Roberts, Wrexham

Short Story Winners (10-12 yrs)

  • 1st – Morgan Parker, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • 2nd – Scarlett Carpenter, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • 3rd – Sophie Featherstone, Vale of Glamorgan

Digital Story Winners (13-16 yrs)

  • 1st – Joe Orrells, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • 2nd – Caitlin Dop, Wrexham
  • 3rd – Shay Fisher, Rhondda Cynon Taf

To view the winning entries please visit

Special achievement winners with Dan Anthony, Carywn Jones AM, and pupils' teacher. (C) Welsh Government

Special achievement winners with Dan Anthony, First Minister Carywn Jones AM, and Anni Llyn. (C) Welsh Government

And group of pupils from Maindee Primary school won a special achievement award. The pupils, who are new to Wales, worked with poet Francesca Kay and received the support of their teacher to produce work alongside their peers. The children made use of Newport Museum’s local rugby collections and Newport RFC for inspiration. Well done to Nicolas, Patrik, Erik and Maria for this outstanding achievement.

There were some great tweets and mentions on social media and a selection of these can be seen in the Storify we have created about the competition and award event.

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