Lawrie Wilson goes back to school for Poetry in Motion

Defender pays visit to local primary school to support their work alongside the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust

Lawrie Wilson was the guest of honour at the launch of Johnson Fold Primary School’s Poetry in Motion event last Thursday afternoon.

Held in conjunction with National Poetry Day, Wanderers’ summer signing took time out of his schedule to visit classes at the school and take part in poetry writing sessions.

Also taking questions from the youngsters about his career, the defender got involved in a special session with internationally published poet and primary school teacher Matt Goodfellow.

The programme is one which has been established by Bolton Wanderers Community Trust in order to support the statutory guidance of the National Curriculum in England in regards to English programmes of study. 

Aiming to enhance the National Curriculum poetry objectives and raise the profile of reading, writing and performance poetry through high-energy and engaging workshops, the project aims to work with pupils across Bolton to offer them something alternative that can support their learning.

Speaking following his visit, Lawrie said: “It was wonderful to see the amount of work and support that Bolton as a club and the Community Trust put back into the local community, especially with kids in the area.

"I really enjoyed my first community visit since arriving at the club and look forward to getting out into Bolton more."

Matt Goodfellow also added: “With poetry being placed directly in the spotlight in the new National Curriculum, there has never been a better time to allow children in primary school to explore the joy and wonder of poetry and performance. 

“I am delighted to work in partnership with Bolton Wanderers Community Trust to develop children's confidence when reading, writing and performing poetry.”

For more information on the project please contact Katie Wells, Programmes Coordinator on 01204 673 790 or via email at

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