A GROUP of teenage friends from Gwent have been announced as the new Directors of Teenage Communication for Stagecoach in South Wales.

To celebrate its new discount travel scheme for young people, Stagecoach VIP, Stagecoach in South Wales launched a competition to help develop a Teen Out Guide.

Jade Powell and Rachel Bird from Blackwood, and Jessica Jones from Abergavenny, all 16 and students at Blackwood Comprehensive, joined together to create the winning team selected for the summer job as Directors of Teenage Communication for the bus operator.

The competition encouraged teenagers to enter via social media sharing their best experiences in South Wales.

Shortlisted entrants were then tasked to write a film or restaurant review and explain how they would promote this using social media.

On top of their salary, Jade, Jessica and Rachel’s new roles will enable them to attend and review events this summer, including concerts, restaurants and films, whilst using a Stagecoach VIP travel card to get around by bus.

They’ll also help to create social marketing campaigns to reach the teenage market in South Wales.

Jessica said: “This will be an amazing opportunity and will give us our first experience of working in the real world.

“Both Jade and I want to go into journalism so this will be a great experience for the future as we’ll be working closely with Stagecoach in South Wales to blog, tweet, video and share things to do in the region, creating an online Teen Out Guide.”

The new Stagecoach VIP scheme entitles everyone under the age of 19 to receive a third off all Stagecoach adult bus tickets on every Stagecoach service in Wales.

For information visit www.stagecoach-vip.com