'Cymru ar ben y byd’ - Children's poem to Wales squad
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28 August 2019

'Cymru ar ben y byd’ - Children's poem to Wales squad

The Football Association of Wales in partnership with Literature Wales, have released a poem written by school children supporting Wales’ UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying campaign.

The inspirational Welsh-language poem, written by Year 6 pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon in Newport, is the result of a unique partnership between the two organisations, formed through the Bardd Plant Cymru scheme. 

The Bardd Plant Cymru scheme (Welsh-language Children’s Laureate) introduces literature to children in an energetic, dynamic and exciting way through workshops, performances and activities. Through working in partnership, FAW and Literature Wales have been able to introduce both creative writing and football to children through an innovative special edition of the programme.

As part of the project, thirty schoolchildren aged 10-11 joined the Wales squad at an open training session and press conference held at Rodney Parade ahead of Wales’ friendly fixture against Czech Republic in April. The schoolchildren also had the opportunity to meet with the players before partaking in their own football training session led by FAW Trust coaches.

Following a day which increased the children’s appreciation for the Welsh squad, Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon pupils joined Bardd Plant Cymru, Casia Wiliam at Dragon Park to engage in a poetry workshop, which created ‘Cymru ar Ben y Byd’, a poem on the nerve wracking and exhilarating experience of a Wales match.