MORE than 100 primary school pupils took part in a literacy-themed competition with Albion’s official charity.

Teams from ten Sussex schools headed to the American Express Community Stadium at Falmer for the finals of Albion In The Community’s Albion Literacy Cup.

It was the second year in a row the charity has organised the competition, which sees pupils taking part in a range of team and individual challenges for which they earn their school points.

This year those challenges included pupils writing their own poems on the theme of diversity, with schools encouraged to enter the finished poems into the national Premier League Writing Stars competition.

Fliss Gibbons, who plays for Albion’s FA Women’s Super League side, was part of the judging panel, and spent time talking to pupils and encouraging them with their work.

The left-back also helped select the winner of the individual poetry competition, Giulio Perretta, from Cottesmore St Mary Catholic Primary School in Hove.

She said: “I feel privileged to be part of a club that, through AITC, does so much work in the community, and it’s nice to spend some time away from the pitch and help out with the great events the charity is putting on.

“It is always great to visit AITC’s sessions and see the fantastic work being done locally, but it was particularly pleasing to see so many young people enjoying the day and putting so much effort into their academic work.

“It was really hard to choose a winning poem, but Giulio’s stood-out.

“Congratulations to Giulio and everyone else who took part, they should all be incredibly proud of themselves and how well they did.”

Cottesmore St Mary Catholic Primary School was crowned the overall Albion Literacy Cup winners.