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Students’ travel campaign wins £200 of TfL funding

A campaign by College students to win £200 of Transport for London money to improve travel safety and wellbeing was highly acclaimed by a judging panel.

The students - Alice Sellar, Sigourney Hove, Mitchell Wong and Amy Mellows - pitched their idea at a Youth Travel Ambassadors contest to a panel which included representatives from Havering Council, TfL and the Met Police.

Students’ travel campaign wins £200 of TfL funding | February 2016

Their campaign was to encourage students to walk to Havering Sixth Form College from Upminster Bridge Station and from Hornchurch town centre, rather than take the bus. This, they said, would improve congestion on local buses at peak times for the benefit of the local community and it would encourage students to improve their well-being by making healthier lifestyle choices.

The panel were so impressed with the campaign and the students’ presentation that they awarded the group the full £200 of funding available.

Ian Ellis, Leader of Learning Plus, said: “The campaign was very well put together by the students and it was pitched confidently in front of the audience. The judges commended the project for being innovative and community-minded and they were very complimentary about the students’ professional presentation skills.”

Other local schools that took part in the event, which was held in the College’s Lecture Theatre, were Gaynes, Redden Court, Campion, Coopers Coborn and Emerson Park.The presentations and judges feedback was filmed by Havering Sixth Form upper sixth Creative Media students who had been asked by Havering Council to produce a promotional video of the event.