A COMPETITION aimed at keeping Pembrokeshire’s pupils hydrated has been launched across the county’s secondary schools.
The eight schools will vie against each other to be crowned ‘Hydrate and Win’ champions after Pembrokeshire County Council teamed up with Princes Gate Spring Water to promote hydration, health and attentiveness among students.
The school which increases its bottled water consumption the most throughout January will receive a visit from a current Welsh International rugby player, while second and third prizes include tickets to watch the Scarlets and Ospreys respectively.
Studies have shown that staying hydrated can have a positive effect on the performance of pupils across a range of subjects especially during exams with some students improving their results by up to 5 %.
It has also proved to reduce anxiety during this period.
Princes Gate Spring Water’s sales and customer care executive Juliana Morgans said the competition is part of a commitment to help students succeed.
“It is with great pleasure that we can support this initiative as we continue our efforts to promote healthy living. We look forward to continuing this awareness campaign in schools throughout Wales in a bid to get our youth hydrated, eating more healthily and above all active.”
Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Education and Safeguarding Councillor Sue Perkins said no matter which school comes out on top, all pupils will benefit from taking part.
“Schools are busy environments for pupils and it is easy for them to forget to take regular drinks throughout the day which can lead to a loss of concentration and alertness,” she said.
“By staying regularly hydrated, especially by drinking water, our County’s students could improve their performance in the classroom and other school activities and with the Six Nations starting soon, who wouldn’t want to meet a current International player?”
Princes Gate Spring Water will also provide 15,000 bottles of water to GCSE students taking their exams this summer.