Closing date for annual youth competition

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The closing date for the annual Environmental Youth Speak is fast approaching and Craigavon Borough Council is urging schools across the borough to sign up and have their say.

Entries for the competition close on today (Friday).

Last year almost 2,000 pupils across Northern Ireland participated in the public speaking competition, which is now in its 17th year. The event, organised by the three Waste Management groups with NI (SWAMP 2008, ARC 21 and North West Regional Waste Management Group), aims encourage environmental awareness among our young people by giving them the chance to research and address environmental issues.

The competition is open to pupils from primary six and seven for the junior section and year eight, nine and ten for the senior section with a range of prizes for participating students and their schools including the top prize of £500 as well as trophies, vouchers and goodie bags.

The Craigavon heats will take place on March 4 at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre with the winner from each section going on to compete against the winners from each of the other Council areas in the Northern Ireland Grand Final on March 10 at Island Civic Centre, Lisburn.

Schools should have already received their information packs but for more information contact Jennifer on 028 3831 2467 or email jennifer.cunningham@craigavon.gov.uk