Pupils have the inside track at Pen y Cymoedd

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Local pupils win competition to name new mountain bike trail at wind farm site.

Youngsters from the Upper Afan Valley have had their say on a new mountain bike trail being developed in their community.

Twelve pupils within the Upper Afan Valley Federation have won a competition to create a logo and name the ten sections of the £350,000 ‘Blade Mountain Bike Trail’, which is being developed across the site of the Pen y Cymoedd wind energy project.

Energy Developer, Vattenfall, called on pupils from Croeserw Primary School, Cymer Afan Primary School, Glyncorrwg Primary School and Pen Afan Primary School, to name the different sections and to design an eye-catching logo for the trail.

The entries came from pupils across all ages and were whittled down by the ‘eco committees’ at each of the schools. The winners were chosen by Stephen Holdroyd from Vattenfall and Marc Langley from Natural Resources Wales.

Rob Appleby, Primary Phase Leader of the Upper Afan Valley Federation, said:

“We are very proud of all the competition winners. The pupils have really engaged with the competition and have thoroughly enjoyed taking part. They took inspiration from the local environment to come up with their creative names and designs.

“This competition has been a great way for the pupils to have a say in a small part of their local community and to leave their legacy in the area. They’re all very excited to explore the mountain bike trail for themselves once it’s opened to the public.”

Stephen Holdroyd, Senior Development Manager for the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project, added:

“We were overwhelmed with the quality of the pupils’ entries and are thrilled with the winning names and logo. This is one of many activities that we are undertaking in the Neath Port Talbot area, where we are trying to engage with local schools to make a contribution to the pupils’ studies.

“We are committed to the communities in which we operate and want to benefit local people and organisations as much as possible. We’ve really enjoyed working with the pupils and look forward to seeing the names and logo signposted on the trails.”

The winning trail names are as follows:

Cymer Afan Primary School – ‘The Twister’
Pen Afan Primary School – ‘Beacon View’
Glyncorrwg Primary School – ‘Ghost Train’
Croeserw Primary School – ‘Breath Taker’
Glyncorrwg Primary School – ‘Turbine Valley’
Croeserw Primary School – ‘Restington Palace’
Croeserw Primary School – ‘Helter Skelter’
Glyncorrwg Primary School – ‘Hokey Kokey’
Pen Afan Primary School – ‘Groovy Gully’
Cymer Afan Primary School – ‘Happy Life’

The winning logo was created by Josie Evans, Year 5, from Croeserw Primary School.

Vattenfall gave the winning schools a prize donation that enabled them to purchase a new mathematical scheme, which will support consistent teaching methods across the Federation.

Rob Appleby added: “From Nursery to Year 6, our teachers are now able to deliver maths and numeracy lessons with a quality and modern resource. It will allow children to practice their maths skills online – which will be a huge advantage. This was an area of the schools that we were very keen to improve and we thank Vattenfall in allowing us to do so.”

Vattenfall has built close links with the Upper Afan Valley Federation over the past year. Pupils have enjoyed site visits, lessons on renewable technologies, meeting key members of the project team, and getting a behind-the-scenes look at the new mountain bike trail.

The Pen y Cymoedd project is investing £350,000 in the new mountain bike trail, which is planned for completion before the wind farm construction begins in February 2014. The trail will receive long-term funding for 10 years after its completion.

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