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Young SPT artists are top of the class!

Three talented youngsters will see their drawings displayed on next year’s Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) Playscheme Travel Passes after winning our annual design contest.

Antonia McCallack (10), Caitlin Douglas (9), and Kenzie Gould (9) were presented with framed copies of their designs and goody bags during the annual Playscheme Conference on Sunday (21 November).

SPT assists 350 council-supported playschemes throughout the Strathclyde area by providing them with travel passes that can be used across the region during the Easter, summer and October school holidays.

These passes are managed by SPT and funded by local councils, meaning children can travel for free on most buses, trains and ferries in Strathclyde.

Michael Ferrie, Research Officer for SPT said: “The judges had their work cut out to select the winning entries from so many talented young artists.

“The winning pictures are fantastic and I am very much looking forward to seeing them on our 2011 Playscheme Travel Passes.

“The SPT scheme, in partnership with local authorities, gives children the chance to visit many different places free of charge and is a worthwhile travel initiative.”

There are three types of Playscheme pass and a winning design was chosen for each.

The standard Playscheme Travel Pass will feature a drawing by 10 year-old Antonia McCallack, who attends the Carnwadric After School class near Thornliebank, Glasgow.

The Argyll and Bute Playscheme Travelpass – which offers additional bus and ferry trips for youngsters living in this area – was designed by 9 year-old Kenzie Gould who attends Cathkin Braes Playscheme, near Rutherglen.

Meanwhile, the Freedom Playscheme Travelpass, for children with special needs, was designed by 9 year-old Caitlin Douglas, who attends the North Road Playscheme in Bellshill.

The Freedom pass differs from the other passes by allowing more adults to travel free with the children and providing free minibus access on the Largs to Millport ferry.

In addition to their framed pictures and goody bags with Disney gifts and board games, each winner and their family will be taken on a VIP trip to Edinburgh Zoo.

SPT was present throughout the two-day Playscheme Conference at the Buchanan Arms Hotel in Drymen. Garry McCabe, SPT’s Ticketing Strategy Manager presented the prizes and other staff were on hand to offer travel advice to various children’s groups.