Cardiff City striker Isaac Vassell joined the Cardiff City FC Foundation, the official charity of Cardiff City Football Club, as they paid a visit to Maerdy Community Primary School to celebrate National Poetry Day.   


National Poetry Day is a UK-wide celebration of poetry that takes place every year. 2019 also marked the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day, and the theme for this year was Truth.


Pupils from Year 6 were inspired by Isaac, using their creative writing skills to come up with their own unique pieces of poetry surrounding how important truth and trust can be between teammates on the football pitch and in the classroom. The imaginative children of Maerdy then followed Issac's footsteps and read their poems out loud, working on their articulate skills. 


The lesson aimed to improve children’s confidence in reading and writing, whilst also helping them to articulate and develop their confidence in oracy skills.


National Poetry Day generates an explosion of activity nationwide, celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together and inspiring children to explore their imaginative minds.


Speaking at the event, City Striker Vassell said:

It’s so important that primary school children develop their reading and writing skills. Moving forward in their lives, they need to be confident in being able to speak and write their ideas down. I’m glad that I can help.


The visit was organised as part of the Premier League Primary Stars project, using the unique appeal of Cardiff City FC to improve and enhance physical education and other areas of the curriculum, developing skills and values that are critical to success in later life.