• Fri. Dec 8th, 2023

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Students design bespoke trophies for young cyclists

YOUNG designers are on track after creating a set of bespoke trophies for cycle enthusiasts.

Year 10 Design and Technology pupils at Haughton Academy, Darlington, part of the Education Village Academy Trust, designed and manufactured a series of first, second and third place awards for the Middridge CRT Croft Circuit Races.

Keen bike rider and Head of Design and Technology at Haughton Academy Gary Taylor, who is also a member of the Ferryhill Wheelers, said: “Each year both the adult and junior winners of the cycle time trials receive a trophy which they have for just one year.

“I approached the event organiser with the idea that our pupils design and make the trophies for first, second and third place in future events. I think he was a little hesitant at first but tentatively agreed, not originally thinking that school pupils could deliver such a quality product.”

The year-long project saw 14 Design and Technology pupils research and develop their ideas, create a portfolio of designs, pitch their thoughts to the organising team and manufacture the awards using computer aided design.

“I was absolutely blown away by the variety and range of designs that the pupils came up with,” said Mr Taylor.

“They used a variety of materials, including 10mm acrylic that looks like glass, gold, silver and bronze colouring, mirrored acrylics and even recycled bike parts.

“They really stepped up to the challenge, which was great practice for their GCSE major project next year, and the final products were just outstanding.”

The first sets of awards were presented by Mr Taylor to the first, second and third junior Australian pursuit competitors at Croft Circuit.

Event organiser Stephen Cowley added: “The range of designs and quality of production are amazing and I am sure all of the age categories who receive them will be equally impressed with the detail and designs.”