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Keighley College wins national Planet Earth Games competition

Indoor greenhouse and armour created by students

Students from Keighley College have been named the overall winners of a national competition to come up with environmental activities to make a difference to the planet.

As part of the Planet Earth Games Competition, colleges in Yorkshire organised activities based around vital sustainable themes – carbon reduction, connecting to nature, food, waste reduction, conservation, energy and travel, to name a few.

Creations by students from Keighley College ranged from constructing an indoor greenhouse using recycled bottles and timber offcuts, to crafting a suit of armour from waste metal.

Cristopher Nichols, Student Engagement Officer, said: ‘’I am so proud of our students, who did a brilliant job of fulfilling the competition’s brief. Their fantastic efforts made them worthy overall winners of this important national award.”

The hard work displayed in organising these activities also fostered inclusivity and engagement within the community.

Students engaged in activities such as running a sustainable ”pay what you can” shop, stocked with donated clothes to help students during the cost of living crisis.

One of the students, Dylan Worsnop, helped by tutor Simon Davison, used leftover metal from his fabrication and welding course to produce a Spartan-style body armour and shield. What began as a headpiece eventually evolved into a complete outfit.

Principal Kevin O’Hare was delighted with the competition’s success. He said: “Our students’ impressive efforts have shone a light on our college and our commitment to sustainable action, which includes becoming net zero by 2035. We’re looking forward to being presented with the Bamboo Trophy for this victory, and will be displaying it proudly on campus.”

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Posted by Planet Earth Games on Thursday, April 20, 2023


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