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24 Jun 2019

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Andrew Simpson Sports Enabling Trust inclusive sports product design competition 2019.

The Andrew Simpson Sports Enabling Trust (ASSET) inclusive sports product design competition 2019 was won by Alex Worthington, with his design ‘Play Pyramid’.  He will receive a £950 bursary to build a working prototype for evaluation with the RNIB College in September 2019. The two runners up prizes went to Rumyana Dancheva and a combined entry from Aiziel Nazario & Alex Worthington.

The ASSET inclusive sports product design competition is run within the optional Universal Design module for final year students in the Loughbrough Design School. The Charity, Andrew Simpson Sports Enabling Trust (ASSET) have continued their support for the event that has extended over many years.

Nine final year students took part this year, working with staff and students from the RNIB College Loughborough and the Sports development centre on campus.

The designs were co-designed with the RNIB College students though pre-arranged visits between the College and Design School. The Design School student designers were chaperoned by teaching staff during their visits to undertake research and development with College students. An ethical code of practice was applied to all contact between students.

The judging panel was June Murray, Principal and Anna Janickyj RNIB College Loughborough, Anna Taylor of Loughborough University Sports Development Centre, Martin Grant, Leicestershire & Rutland REMAP; Nick Wray, Assistant Head Teacher, St Francis School Lincoln; and Dr Stuart Cockburn, Loughborough Design School.

Dr George Torrens, the competition organiser and module leader said:

“It was a very close competition this year, with the highest scores recorded from our six expert judges for the event and only a percentage point between winner and runner-up. We’re very grateful to Dr Lorraine Headen and the Trustees of the ASSET Charity for their continued support. The ‘Play Pyramid’ has the potential to be an accessible and useful inclusive product to engage people to take part in games and sports.”