Wednesday, July 31, 2013

News: Enterprising students develop new sports product

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Enterprising pupils from Maltby Academy in Rotherham have been named as runners up at the finals of the Young Chamber Skills Factor (Business & Enterprise Competition) held recently at Westminster.

Six school teams from across the country descended upon the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and had to present their business ideas for ten minutes, discussing the range of employability skills that they had used to deliver against the business plan. This was followed by a gruelling five minutes of questions by the judges.

Ella Nartey, Callum Wroe and Libby Barlow have developed a new product to help people with disabilities take part in sport and have reached the prototyping stage with the help of Blatchford in Sheffield, a specialist in developing and manufacturing innovative prosthetic components.

The product enables people with a disability of the hand to play tennis effectively in the same environment as abled people.

Fresh from the team's success at the Big Bang Fair in Sheffield, where they won an award for being KS3 winners and named overall winners, the team were this time pipped to the top spot by another team who had managed to get their product to sale whereas Rackitup is still in the field trial stage.

The judges commented that their product was the most innovative and they definitely need to continue to develop and promote it as it has the potential to be a great business success.

Kevin Smith, chief executive of Young Chamber UK, added: "The standard of presentations this year was exceptional with every one of the finalists being of a standard that could have won this year's competition."

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