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'Enercycle' team at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard earns national recognition for renewable energy gym project



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Students from a Suffolk secondary school will be taking their place in a prestigious national final, after impressing judges with an environmentally-friendly project.

The ‘Enercycle’ team from Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard has been short-listed in the final of the V&A Innovate National Schools Challenge.

Under the theme of ‘move, connect and renew’, Year 9 students came up with a green gym that harnessed energy spent from exercise, which was then converted into electrical energy and donated to those in need.

The ‘Enercycle’ team from Thomas Gainsborough School has been shortlisted in the final ofthe V&A Innovate National Schools Challenge. Contributed picture. (54849074)
The ‘Enercycle’ team from Thomas Gainsborough School has been shortlisted in the final ofthe V&A Innovate National Schools Challenge. Contributed picture. (54849074)

Sarah Dowley, technology teacher at Thomas Gainsborough School, praised the students for coming up with such a topical design.

She said: “The students wanted to do something environmentally-friendly and they also researched the fact that more people had got involved in cycling and exercise since the start of the pandemic.

“We are always encouraging our technology students to think outside the box and they certainly did that.

“We are very proud of their efforts and I know the students are looking forward to showcasing their plans in the final.”

Judges said they were impressed by how the Enercycle plans could make a real impact and that students had even identified a suitable local site for the project.

The judges added: “This idea has been well-researched, identifying a clear problem and speaking to cyclists to inform their design.

“The judges thought it was a great idea, well-planned, well-articulated and brilliantly realised.”

Enercycle – made up of Tom Wainwright, Charlie Knox, Arley Foat, Charlie Stone and Harry Barron – will be pitching their plans to a group of renowned judges in London on March 22.