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Yorkshire schools dance to success in British Gas Generation Green final

  • Pupils from schools in Huddersfield and Goole have been crowned champions in the British Gas   Generation Green competition, winning energy makeovers worth up to a combined £150,000
  • Fixby Junior & Infant School and The Snaith School were declared winners today after a final involving a ‘dance-off’ in front of Diversity stars, Jordan and Perri
  • The schools will be transformed with state of the art energy-saving technology

Pupils from schools in Huddersfield and Goole have today (Friday 26th June) been declared winners of British Gas’ Generation Green competition, winning energy makeovers worth up to a combined £150,000 for their schools.

Children from Fixby Junior & Infant School and The Snaith School danced their way to success in the action-packed final at the White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds.

The Snaith School has won an energy makeover worth up to £100,000 after facing The Wensleydale School and Sixth Form in the secondary school heat. Fixby Junior & Infant School were awarded an energy makeover worth up to £50,000 after competing against Meanwood Church of England Primary School from Leeds.

The runners up have each received energy-saving technology worth up to £25,000 for their school.

The performances were judged by Diversity stars, Jordan and Perri. They awarded points for the children’s creative dance moves and the amount of energy they created when they danced on a special power-generating mat called Pavegen.

In addition to the makeovers, Jordan and Perri have invited both primary and secondary schools to London to take part in a dance masterclass with Diversity later this year. 

Energy makeover

The schools were invited to the final after pupils submitted designs for an energy-saving school of the future.

Their creative ideas were shortlisted from 500 from the Yorkshire and Humber competition region and included solar powered computers, bikes in classrooms to power the projectors, and wearable wristbands, that charge-up when you move, to power mobile phones.

The winning schools will be transformed with the latest energy-saving technology, such as solar panels, LED lighting and new energy-efficient boilers. The makeovers could save each school up to £7,000 a year on their fuel bills.

Diversity stars Jordan and Perri said:“We were blown away by the amazing performances. The kids had fantastic routines and we were really impressed with how they combined energy-inspired moves into their dances in such creative, energetic and fun ways.”

Abi Pendlebury, teacher at The Snaith School, commented: We’re thrilled to have been named the winner of British Gas’ Generation Green competition.

“The children worked hard on their designs for an eco-school of the future and the dance routine, and it’s great their efforts paid off in such a spectacular way.

"The makeover will transform our school, helping us to save energy every day and will inspire our pupils now and in the future about being green.”

Imogen, aged 12, added: “We really loved dancing and to make energy from it was very clever!”

Daniel Martin, teacher at Fixby Junior & Infant School, said; “Being crowned the winners has really topped off an excellent day.

“Our children got into the spirit of the competition from the start and have learned lots about energy efficiency along the way. We can’t wait for the energy makeover to take place at the school!”   

Abi Robins, Director of Corporate Responsibility Programmes at British Gas, said: “We’re delighted for the schools after their incredible performances.

“The pupils have captured the spirit of Generation Green with their creative dance routines and imaginative ideas for an eco-school, and are now budding energy innovators for the future.”

Generation Green

The competition is part of British Gas’ Generation Green schools programme, which inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community. 

British Gas has invested £2.6 million installing energy-saving equipment for schools through Generation Green during the last two years, helping to save an estimated 750 tonnes of CO2.

Notes to editors

•  Generation Green is an education programme run by British Gas for school children, their teachers and their families. We provide learning resources, educational experiences and we invest millions of pounds in sustainable energy technologies for schools throughout the UK. We aim to inspire young people to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community.  

•  For more information visit: http://www.generationgreen.co.uk

Pavegen is an innovative flooring technology that converts kinetic energy from movement and footsteps into renewable electricity. 

For more information contact:

Simon Feldman
Simon.Feldman@britishgas.co.uk

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country’s homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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