There is just one week until the deadline for entering The Cotswold Challenge for teenagers in Swindon and the surrounding area – those who might have been about to take formal examinations if it wasn’t for the pandemic.
Teenagers who would have been taking GCSEs, A Levels or equivalents, are in yrs 11,12,13 (or equivalent) at school, college or undertaking apprenticeships, and who live or study within a 25 mile radius of Cirencester (centre of the Cotswolds) have until 9pm on Monday June 1 to submit their entries.
“We are appealing to young people, their parents, grandparents, friends, even their employers to share this opportunity to showcase their talent by entering this contest by the closing date,” said one of the organisers, Swindon media consultant Fiona Scott.
“We have had more than 140 entries across three categories – art & design; creative writing and enterprise & innovation. We would particularly welcome more entries in the latter category. Do you have an idea for the latest video game, the latest app, a product idea, a solution to problems around Covid19, cybersecurity or do you have a disruptive business idea which could rival the likes of Uber or Just Eat?...”
Among the judges for the enterprise and innovation category will be farmer Adam Henson, owner of the Cotswold Farm Park, author and BBC presenter.
Adam said: “I’m very pleased to support this great initiative for young people at this difficult time. So much will be on their shoulders so this is a chance for them to try something for themselves. Hopefully there will be some great ideas, perhaps even something for our farmers who will need all the help they can get!”
Young people who meet the entry criteria from across Swindon can submit an entry for the challenge and there will be a first, second, third and fourth prize in each category of £500, £300, £150, £50 and runners up will get a book token. The Challenge launched in April and remains open until 9pm on Monday June 1.
Young people who take part must live in the relevant area and for those under the age of 18 parental or guardian permission will be sought if they wish to participate.
The prize money has already been donated in full by sponsors who are:
The Fred And Marjorie Sainsbury Charitable Trust
Jeevan Thandi of Karhoo
Timothy James & Partners, independent financial advisers
Jason Houghton, Salperton Park Estate, Cheltenham
The Fairford & Lechlade Business Club
Royal Agricultural University, Gloucestershire
The Paperback Shop, of Fairford
Author Kevin Wignall
Meg Rivers Bakery, of Shipston On Stour
Suzannah Harvey, CEO of Cotswold Airport
Kim Harvey of The MadHatter Bookshop, of Burford.
Nicky Godding, founder of Business & Innovation Magazine
John Biddulph, of Rodmarton Manor
Emma & Jamie Tuck of Bulldog Websites, of Swindon
Allison Murray of Allison Murray Design, of Eastleach
Barry Jackson, of Aspire Academy
Bettina Harvey of Hector & Queen
Details of the competition, the criteria for entry and the briefing pack are all available via the website www.thecotswoldchallenge.com