Sleigh of the Future Competition Terms and Conditions

Do you have what it takes to build the sleigh of the future?

We’re running an exciting new competition for school students between the ages of 7-16 to design the “Sleigh of the Future” for Santa. It’s been a tricky year for the elves and after COP26 the workshop is looking for alternative modes of transport for Santa to improve the efficiency of his present delivery.

National Grid was contacted directly by the North Pole energy commission to ensure the new sleigh design is both time-efficient but also sustainable and economical.

The prizes

The winning blueprint will be turned into a 3D animation so you can see how your sleigh design would work in real life, as well as £100 in Amazon vouchers, or US$ equivalent if you're in the USA, to help towards Christmas presents. 

The competition is open to anyone between the ages of 7-16, as well as any children known to National Grid employees or contractors – children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbours’ children etc. (with the permission of their parents or legal carers).

The competition is now open for entries and the closing date for these is 23:30 (GMT-UK/ ET-US) on Sunday 19 December 2021. We aim to inform all winners by 20th December 2021.

To enter the competition, please:

  1. Send a clear photo or scan of your original artwork to any of our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  2. Be sure to follow us on your chosen network so that we can DM you with details about your prize.

Competition FAQs:

How will we select the winners?

We will shortlist the entries that we think best illustrate a futuristic and creative outlook on how Santa could travel the world in the future, then pass these to a panel of judges to agree on the winner. The winner will be judged on creativity, design skill and use of energy-efficient modes of power.

How do we explain the competition to our kids?

In its simplest form, we’re asking for a new vehicle to be designed for Santa, using renewable forms of energy. We’re looking for creativity and interesting use of energy, our website is a great place to find out more about any of the methods we use to generate energy. The more detailed the drawing, the better!

When and how will the prize be delivered?

We will communicate with you directly via the social media channel used to submit your entry. From here will we collect a few more bits of information that we may need for the delivery of the prize, including but not limited to your email address. The voucher will be delivered before Christmas; however, the 3D render of the winning entry may be delivered later.

Hints and tips

We want you to be as creative as you like, so it’s up to you how you design the sleigh, but here are some tips!

  • We would love to see some renewable energy sources, e.g. Wind, solar, hydropower
  • The vehicle doesn’t necessarily have to be a sleigh, as long as it’s a mode of transport
  • To have the drawing turned into a 3D render, detail is key, if the drawing looks good there’s a better chance of winning!
  • Multiple angles of the sleigh may help us visualise the vehicle more efficiently

GOOD LUCK – we can’t wait to see what you create!

Competition rules

Submission of entries for the competition are subject to the following terms, and by submitting an entry you are deemed to have accepted these terms:

  1. All entrants must be 16 or under and must have permission from a parent or legal guardian before entering. The parent or legal guardian of entrants under 16 agree to the Rules and Terms and Conditions on behalf of the entrants.
  2. All entries must be received by 23:30 (GMT) on Sunday 19 December 2021. Late entries will not be accepted.
  3. We will only use personal data, or other data collected as part of this competition, for the purpose of running and administering the competition, and in accordance with National Grid’s Privacy Policy. For further details please see here.
  4. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence regarding the results will be entered into.
  5. All rights in the submitted artworks, including but not limited to publication, use, adaption, editing, and revision rights, will belong to National Grid. The entrant will not retain any rights in submitted artwork.
  6. The submitted artwork may be used in printed materials by National Grid.
  7. Entrants may be requested to take part in post-competition publicity.
  8. We reserve the right to refuse to accept or to use any entry supplied by any person that we reasonably think may be defamatory, obscene, abusive, offensive or racist or which may promote or propose hatred or physical harm against anyone or that may contain someone else’s personal details or confidential information relating to other people.
  9. Prizes must be accepted as offered. No cash or alternative prize will be offered.
  10. Multiple submissions are allowed from the same person. However, only one prize will be awarded per person.
  11. National Grid reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time. If it does so it will publish the amended terms and conditions.
  12. The UK competition will be governed exclusively by English law.