Last week saw two students from Ysgol Bro Gwydir claim victory at the All Wales Coding Competition, which is held annually in Coleg Meirion Dwyfor in Pwllheli.

Cai Lloyd Spencer and Oliver Egelstaff-Thomas triumphed in the Unit Category, both taking top prizes in the Highly Commended awards.

The victory came about after nine schools across rural Conwy received “Coding training”, a project which was funded through the LEADER programme under the Rural Development Programme for Conwy.

The project aimed to establish a network of coding clubs throughout rural Conwy as well as providing young people in with opportunities to develop their coding and computer programming skills, to enable them to compete in an increasingly digital market place.

The project which sees a collaboration between rural Conwy primary schools via the Local Action Group, Conwy County Borough Council and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, to deliver a series of workshops and ongoing support providing opportunities for primary school children to learn how to code.

The project will provide young people in Conwy with opportunities to develop their coding and computer programming skills, to enable them to compete and gain employment in an increasingly digital market place.

As part of the project schools received training and Chromebooks.

Mrs Nest Davies, a teacher at Ysgol Bro Gwydir said, “The whole experience has been amazing, and none of it would have been possible without the training we received through the project”.

Cai and Oliver both said “We will definitely be aiming for the awards again next year and hope we can be even more competitive”.

Meira Woosnam, Rural Enabling Officer for the Conwy Cynhaliol said, “We are delighted that the Local Action Group here in Conwy have supported a project that has had such a positive impact on the students”.

“We didn’t anticipate the project to be this successful in such a short period of time, with the first schools only receiving their training in December. We can’t wait to hear of more children learning to code and hopefully winning some more prizes”.

For more information with regards to the work of the Local Action Group in Conwy and the LEADER programme– visit www.ruralconwy.org.uk or contact us on 01492 576673 or conwylocalactiongroup@conwy.gov.uk.