Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service

West Yorkshire knows how to Play Safe

Schools from West Yorkshire have once again stood out from the crowd in a national competition to design toys that are fun but safe for small children.

The Playsafe Competition is run nationally by the Trading Standards Institute and the British Toy and Hobby Association. West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service started the ball rolling locally with a Regional competition. Grove House Primary School, Bradford won the West Yorkshire competition with a design by 11year old Nancy Haslam Chance. Her toy was “Suzie Plasticine Head” whose clothes were made of non-flammable material.

Nancy won vouchers for her efforts and £1000 worth of school furniture for her school from sponsors Sunderland & Waller of Ossett.

The entries were displayed in Edinburgh for the National Judges. Here the news got better for West Yorkshire schools when “Footygolf!” an entry from Robin Hood Primary, Wakefield was selected as the winner of the 9-11 age group (prize £100) and then went on to scoop the overall prize. The school will receive £1000 worth of IT equipment and pupils Joe Russell and Steven Haigh will receive £50 of vouchers each.

Joe and Steven’s design gave clear safety instructions and recommended the toy to improve a child’s hand/eye coordination. They have been invited to the House of Lords to be presented with their prize. Mrs Appleyard of Robin Hood Primary School said “The children enjoy entering competitions and were really keen and interested in Playsafe because it is about toys and children.”

Robin Hood School retain the title of national Playsafe winners for the region as last year’s winners were Roberttown Junior School. With schools entering from all over the UK, it seems West Yorkshire’s youngsters know all about playing safe.

Councillor Graham Clarke, Chairman of West Yorkshire Joint Services, said, “Toys are fun but safety is a priority. West Yorkshire pupils have come up with exciting toys for play whilst ensuring no harm to the child. I am delighted that local schools are doing so well in this competition.”

For further information contact: -

Suzanne Kenny – Education & Promotions Officer – 0113 3836431
Graham Hebblethwaite – Divisional Manager & General Media Contact –0113 2898218

Notes to editors: -

1) There will be a photo opportunity at Cartwright Hall, Lister Lane, Bradford on Friday 11th July 2003 at 10.15am.

Pupils and staff from Grove House Primary, Bradford (Regional Winners) will be presented with certificates and prizes from West Yorkshire Trading Standards in the Gallery where their designs are on display.

2) The photo attached is of pupils Steven Haigh and Joe Russell (left to right) from Robin Hood Primary School (National Winners)