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World Cup short story competition winners announced

26 Sep 2018

Girls' football

The winners of Kickaround magazine's inaugural short story competition have been announced!

We were thrilled to support to competition, which asked primary schools children from across the UK to write a short story that put readers in the shoes of someone involved in this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament.

Two winners were picked from over 1,000 entries and their full stories will be printed in Kickaround’s September issue.

Winner of the Key Stage 2 category, Orla McNally, aged 10 and from Reigate Primary school wrote a tense and emotional story about a penalty shoot-out, told from the point of view of Jordan Pickford’s glove.

Jenny Dawson, from The Piggott School in Berkshire, was chosen as winner of the Key Stage 3 category with her poetic and reflective reminiscing on past footballing glories by an old football.

Tom Hocking, Editor of Kickaround, said: “We were blown away by the quality of entries we received. The World Cup was a fantastic event this summer and I'm so pleased we could help pupils use their passion for football to produce such wonderful creative writing. Both Orla and Jenny's stories showed originality and brilliantly captured the incredible emotions that swirl around such a huge tournament."

Both winners will receive a bundle of books and a 6-issue subscription to Kickaround magazine for themselves, and their schools.

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