For 15 years, SPT has worked with the West of Scotland Playscheme advisory forum to give children the chance to have their design featured on the SPT Playscheme travel passes.
Children attending playschemes across Strathclyde were invited to submit their designs during the summer holidays. The theme for this year’s design competition was travel and safety.
The three talented artists who created the winning designs for the 2015 Travel Passes were invited to a winner’s ceremony yesterday, Sunday 2 November. The winning entries were designed by:
Amy Donnelly – age 11 from Pollock – Travel pass winner
Aiden Maguire – age 9 from Bellshill – Freedom pass winner
Kirsty Anne McLaughlin – age 8 from Drumchapel, – Argyle and Bute pass winner
The winners were presented with a framed copy of their creations as featured on the 2015 Travel Passes, and other fabulous prizes, by Robert McHugh from Motherwell Football Club.
Margaret Gibb, West of Scotland Playscheme Advisory Forum member, said:
“We have been working with SPT for 15 years and we are hugely grateful for their support. The travel pass design competition is one of the highlights of the year – the children always look forward to it.”
Michael Ferrie, Customer Standards Manager SPT, said:
“We are delighted to work with the West of Scotland Playscheme Advisory Forum, local authorities and transport operators to provide transport to playscheme groups across the Strathclyde area. The travel passes give these groups access to experiences that they may not be able to enjoy otherwise.
“There are also additional benefits for us through the work we do with the playschemes. It gives us an opportunity to engage with young people in a fun way to talk about the importance of sustainable travel – hopefully influencing their travel behaviour so that future generations choose walking, cycling or public transport as their preferred mode of transport.”
Amy Donnelly, Playscheme Travel Pass winner, said:
“This is my last year attending the playscheme so I really wanted to win and when I did, I couldn’t believe it! I loved going to my playscheme and winning this prize has been the best bit.”
Aiden Maguire, who won the Freedom Pass category, added “I didn’t think I was going to win. I am really happy! I can’t wait until the next school holiday when people will be using a pass with my design.”
Kirsty Anne McLaughlin summed up her experience by saying:
“I am really grateful for my prizes and I would like to say a big thank you to the playschemes and SPT for running this competition. It’s great and I hope more people enter it next year.”
Robert McHugh, Motherwell Football Club, said:
“I was more than happy to come along today to meet the winners. Competitions like this are a great way to get young people involved in subjects like safety and transport. “
SPT assists with the administration of the playscheme passes as part of its wider youth engagement activities. SPT is committed to working in partnership with organisations like the West of Scotland Playscheme Advisory Forum to promote the use of public transport and encourage young people to walk and cycle to help form sustainable travel behaviours before habits are formed.
SPT supports the West of Scotland Playscheme Advisory Forum by liaising with local authorities and transport operators to arrange free travel for playscheme groups across the west of Scotland.
Playschemes operate during school holidays. They provide a vital service for parents who may otherwise be unable to afford childcare during holiday periods. It gives children a safe place to go where they can play, socialise and learn.