Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service

Playing Safe Wins National Prize

Two local 11 year olds were officially presented with a national prize at the top of the British Airways London Eye as part of a prize day trip to London last week (Tuesday 2nd December). They were picking up £1000 IT prize for Robin Hood Primary School, Rothwell, Leeds.

Steven Haigh and Joe Russell entered the Playsafe 2003 Competition when the regional stages were organised by West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service earlier this year. The aim of the competition, which is run annually, is to design a toy, paying particular attention to the safety elements of play.

The boys, who dreamed up the game “Footygolf”, won through the West Yorkshire heats before their design was selected to be displayed with 99 others from across the UK at the Trading Standards Institute Annual Conference in Edinburgh last June.

Judges were won over by the simple, traditional concept of the boys’ “Footygolf” game, preferring it to more hi-tech, computer oriented designs.

Their game, which involves striking a foam football with a club shaped like a footballer’s lower leg and boot towards a target suspended between goalposts, was full of safety features.

Robin Hood School and the boys themselves had already won £100 in vouchers for being selected as winners of their age group. During their visit to London, they received the winning Playsafe Certificate to mark their achievement and the top prize of £1,000 worth of computer equipment for their school.

This is an annual competition and the search for the winners of Playsafe 2004 is already on. Schools interested in scooping the next £1000 IT prize should contact Suzanne Kenny at West Yorkshire Trading Standards on 0113 383 6431.

Councillor Clarke, Chairman West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said “This is the second year in a row that a West Yorkshire school has picked up this national prize. This is an amazing achievement and I am extremely proud of the standard we are setting. I hope we can make it a hat trick. “

Robin Hood Primary School Head Teacher Carol Kilburn added: “It was a fantastic day, very memorable. We are absolutely thrilled with the prize.”

For further information:
Suzanne Kenny, Education & Promotions Officer, 0113 383 6431
Carol Hallett, General Media Contact, 0113 383 6407

Notes to editors:
Photograph attached: Joe Russell on left, Steven Haigh on right