Schools tempted with prizes money can­not buy

The Oban Times - - Business -

BT IS of­fer­ing schools the chance to win prizes which money could not buy as part of a ma­jor scheme to ex­tend the cov­er­age of su­per­fast fi­bre broad­band.

The two ex­pe­ri­ences up for grabs are a trip to the top of BT Tower for up to 30 chil­dren or a school visit from Par­a­lympic gold medal-win­ner Jon­nie Pea­cock MBE.

Win­ners of the BT Tower prize will get the chance to meet TV pre­sen­ter Jake Humphrey – who used to pre­sented the BBC’s For­mula One cov­er­age and is now the main pre­sen­ter of BT Sport foot­ball cov­er­age – when vis­it­ing the re­volv­ing floor at the top of the iconic build­ing and get a bird’s eye view of Lon­don.

They will also be shown be­hind the scenes and get an insight into how BT is bring­ing su­per­fast fi­bre broad­band to homes and busi­nesses across the UK.

The school that bags the visit from Jon­nie Pea­cock MBE will get the chance to meet the sprint run­ner hugely in­spi­ra­tional fig­ure who won gold at the 2012 and 2016 Sum­mer Par­a­lympics.

The com­pe­ti­tion, be­ing run by BT’s Com­mu­nity Fi­bre Part­ner­ships scheme, is open to schools in Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales.

Schools look­ing to en­ter can do so by fill­ing out a form on­line at www. com­mu­ni­ty­fi­­per­fastschools by Jan­uary 29.

The scheme has a £2 mil­lion fund to dis­trib­ute grants of up to £20,000 for com­mu­nity fi­bre part­ner­ships that could ben­e­fit lo­cal schools.

El­i­gi­ble com­mu­ni­ties can ap­ply for match fund­ing of up to £20,000 to­wards the cost of a new lo­cal su­per­fast fi­bre net­work as long as the tech­nol­ogy is ca­pa­ble of serv­ing the lo­cal school.

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