A primary school pupil from Preston celebrated being named as one of 11 winners in a UK-wide design competition.

Ethan, 8 years old, from Garstang Primary School, Preston entered the WOW badge design competition from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.

WOW is Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge which sees children who walk to school at least once a week rewarded with a collectable badge each month. The badges are designed in an annual competition, with 11 winners chosen from over 100,000 entrants.

Ethan’s fireworks design was chosen for the November badge. At the end of this month, pupils in over 2,000 schools across the UK will be rewarded with Ethan’s badge if they have walked to school.

Strider, the Living Streets mascot, presented Ethan with his prize in front of his friends and family in a special assembly last week (7 November).

Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:

“WOW is proven to help reduce cars outside the school gates - improving road safety, air quality and children’s physical and mental health.

“There were over 100,000 entries to the WOW badge design competition, making judging very hard. Ethan should be incredibly proud of his achievements.

“We’re thrilled to have Ethan and his fellow pupils taking part this year. I’m sure it will make a huge difference to their health and happiness.”

Alison Ayers, Assistant Head teacher, Garstang Primary School said:

“Everyone at school is extremely proud of Ethan’s achievement and have been walking, cycling and scooting so they can be rewarded with his badge.

“At the school, we always encourage families to be healthy and walk to school because it helps congestion at the school gates and the children can explore the different seasons as they come to school.”

Part of Ethan’s prize is a year’s supply of WOW resources for his school. WOW schools see an average 23 per cent increase in pupils walking to school and a corresponding drop in car use; reducing congestion outside the school gates and increasing safety.

Ethan award

I designed a fireworks badge because I love bonfire night and seeing all the brightly coloured fireworks whizzing through the air.  I love walking to school because I get fresh air and can talk to my family about the interesting things I spot on the way.

Ethan, badge design winner
November badge