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Delighted school's in the driving seat

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

Llangyfelach Primary School head teacher Lee Burnell holds the keys to the school's new minibus.

Llangyfelach Primary School head teacher Lee Burnell holds the keys to the school's new minibus.

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A SWANSEA school is on the road to success after winning our minibus competition.

This week teachers and pupils at Llangyfelach Primary School took delivery of the Ford Minibus worth more than £30,000.

Head teacher Lee Burnell said it would make a huge difference to the 197 youngsters at the school, along with their parents.

Its maiden journey will be to take the school's football team to a compete in a tournament in Cardiff next month.

Up until now teachers have had to hire buses to ferry the pupils around — with parents having to help foot the bill.

Mr Burnell said: "We are going to use it for football, rugby, netball, cross country and athletics."

He said pupils would also be able to go out and about as part of their lessons.

"The impact it will have on the education of the children will be amazing," he added. "It will also be cost-effective for parents."

The Evening Post teamed up with Capital One to offer the prize. To improve their chances of winning the vehicle groups and organisations collected tokens published in the paper. Mr Burnell paid tribute to the school's Parents Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) who co-ordinated the school's entry.

"It was a real community effort not just by the school — it was the wider community," he added.

The bus was handed over yesterday by Evening Post editor Jonathan Roberts.

He said: "It was a real pleasure to visit Llangyfelach and to hear about the exciting plans they have for the bus. It's great to know it's going to such a good home and will help save families money for transport costs.

"I'd like to thank all the groups and organisations who took the time to enter this fantastic competition."

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