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North West schools dance to success in British Gas Generation Green final

  • Pupils from schools in Macclesfield and Accrington have been crowned champions in the British Gas Generation Green competition, winning energy makeovers worth up to a combined £150,000
  • St Albans Catholic Primary School and St Christopher’s Church of England High 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 Macclesfield and Accrington have today (Friday 3rd July) been declared winners of British Gas’ Generation Green competition, winning energy makeovers worth up to a combined £150,000 for their schools.

Children from St Alban’s Catholic Primary School and St Christopher’s Church of England High School danced their way to success in the action-packed final at the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester.

St Christopher’s Church of England High School have won an energy makeover worth up to £100,000 after facing Wellfield High School from Leyland, in the secondary school heat, while St Albans Catholic Primary School were awarded an energy makeover worth up to £50,000 after competing against Shadsworth Junior School from Blackburn.

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

The performances were judged by Diversity dance 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 Essex for a dance masterclass 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 region and included solar powered computers, bikes in classrooms to power the projectors, and 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 by the schools. The kids had fantastic routines and we were really impressed with how they combined the energy inspired moves into their dances in such a creative, energetic and fun ways.”

Christine Millburn, teacher at St Alban’s Catholic Primary 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!”   

Amy Marsh, aged 10 from St Alban’s Catholic Primary School, said: "It feels amazing to have been named the winner, after we worked so hard.

"It's great that we could create energy with our feet and we kept going and didn't stop."

Emma Bamber, aged 13 from St Christopher’s Church of England High School, added:

"The teachers and pupils have all worked so hard and it's so amazing to have actually won! We have been fundraising to become greener so this will mean absolutely loads to the school.

"And it was such an incredible experience dancing in front of Jordan and Perri!"

Brian Jackson, British Gas Regional Director for the North West, commented: “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.

ENDS

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.

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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