All Skilled Up Round Six

Mike Jenkins
September and October 2011 saw the continued success of the All Skilled Up Project at Cardiff City Stadium. This was a partnership project with Literature Wales, Cardiff City Football in the Community Team, LEA Education Departments, LEA Libraries and BSA Cymru.

Throughout September and October pupils from Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Bridgend Schools enjoyed the project, which continued with funding from the Football League until Spring 2012. One group from Caerphilly also enjoyed the project with funding from Caerphilly Borough Council.

Over four hundred children and young people from schools in the four authorities visited the new Cardiff City Stadium for an inspiring day of football activities and creative writing opportunities. Pupils worked with either celebrated poet and author Mike Jenkins, celebrated poet Patrick Jones, John Tripp award winner Peter Read or performance poet Mike Church to create a new football poem. They also enjoyed a treasure hunt as part of their guided tour around the grounds of the stadium.

Examples of Poems:

Nantyfyllon Primary School with Mike Jenkins

Cardiff City are the best

‘Cardiff City are the best!’
I would say and ‘Cardiff City are so pretty!’
My main colours dark blue,
Yellow and white
The noise is deafening
That’s what I like.
I would be a bird
Because we are the Bluebirds
My mood becomes excited
When we win the league
I have high-pitched
Music of a violin
My outstanding feature’s the pitch
Which is my head.
My hopes for the future lie in Wembly.

Abercerdin Primary School with Mike Jenkins

C’mon Cardiff

Cardiff City all the way
Winning games Home or Away!
My main colours blue and white
People cheering – oh what a sight!
Quiet as a mouse
And loud as a stormy cloud.
I am a big Blues fan.
I am a tiger
protecting my logo.
Goals turn me happy
My music’s calm and classical
Or a loud and cheery anthem
My badge stands out on my heart.
I want to be a human
And play for the team.

Pontllanfraith Primary with Peter Read

Champion Bluebirds

Loud echoes bounce from wall to wall
Crowds screaming loud as thunder
Move their arms so fast they make waves of wind
As they chant and sing for Cardiff Bluebirds.
Goalies dive from left to right
Up and up through the air
Protecting their goal from the invading teams
A wonderful green carpet of grass
Smooth as clouds. Ball in the air
Fast as a jet. Flood lights flood the pitch
With sparkling light. It’s goalless.
One minute to go on the clock
The ball flies into the goal like a UFO
Making the net bounce all around.
Crowds dance with excitement, shout ‘We won, we won, we won’.

Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School with Peter Read


Wind whistles through my fingers
The ball goes so fast it doesn’t show.
I can smell the soft, wet grass.
The ball touches the tips of the players toes.
Beautiful birds fly through the sky
Bluebirds run around on the ground
Passing, dribbling, tackling, kicking the ball
Twenty six thousand packed seats
The crowd are clapping, screaming as loud as lions.
My heart is pumping loud as a drum
The goal posts are alive, waiting for a goal
Players speeding down the wing, fast as rockets.
The ball curled into the back of the net.
We slide on our bellies in celebration,
Do the penguin dance. The Bluebirds have won.

Brackla Primary School with Mike Jenkins

Blues are Cardiff

Cardiff City Blues,
Swansea City boos!
Our colours are blue and white
It’s not worth a fight.
Drums, drums
The fans are pounding!
It’s great to be Cardiff Stadium
Holding all the players, making the day
A big whale, a big whale
White and blue, white and blue
When the team win, I’m happy
When they lose I’m sad
People, people, stamping their feet
Stamping their feet.
The heart of the ground
Is the centre circle
Lights are beautiful
Like the Bluebird’s flight
My hopes are to be unbeaten.

Pil Primary School with Mike Jenkins

Cardiff’s the Best

C’mon Cardiff, let’s rule!
We’re the greatest team in the world!
I’m yellow, blue, green and white.
Mt sounds are loud cheering
People screaming and chanting
I am an exciting person
Noisy and tall and wild
I am a huge bluebird
And also a fierce lion
‘keep on scoring or we’ll be snoring’
My music’s loud rock
My writing, lights, roof and colours
Stand out like a rainbow.
My ambition is the premier league..