Potato Council has added an exciting new dimension to its successful ‘Cook Your Own Potatoes’ project, with the introduction of a competition offering secondary schools the chance to win a visit from Olympic gymnast, Beth Tweddle MBE.
In the new competition, Key Stage 3 pupils (aged 11 -14) are being encouraged to design an eye-catching poster on the theme of ‘Potato Power: Food for Sport’. Pupils can choose to feature any sport in their poster, but they must illustrate how potatoes fit into a healthy, balanced diet. The prize is a workshop session with Beth Tweddle MBE when she will explain to the winning school how potatoes fit into her training regime.
Potato Council education coordinator, Sue Lawton, said: “It’s a real privilege to have Beth at the forefront of the Cook Your Own Potatoes initiative and to lead our secondary school competition. I’m certain that her high profile will help encourage children to learn more about potatoes – from different varieties, uses, tastes and nutritional information.
“We’re calling on industry to get involved and help make the competition a huge success by encouraging local secondary schools to enter. You can help to build awareness for the Cook Your Own Potatoes competition by passing on details to friends and family members or direct to schools in your area. Alternatively, encourage them to visit the website for a host of information.”
The educational project is also backed by a dedicated website (http://cyop.potato.org.uk/), which is regularly enhanced with a wide range of materials to help teachers deliver factual and engaging lessons and keep potatoes front of mind with teenagers.