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Innovative, inclusive sports product designed by talented Loughborough student

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22 design students at Loughborough University took part in the Ability Sports competition, where they had to design an enabling and inclusive sports product for school pupils living with physical and/or cognitive impairment.

All products entered had to be co-designed with pupils from Dorothy Goodman School and Ashfield Academy, two special schools which Loughborough have long-standing relationships with.

The competition was sponsored by Youth Sport Direct, the commercial arm of the Youth Sport Trust, and supported by the Andrew Simpson Sports Enabling Trust. It was run as a pilot for a new national and international design competition, with the aim of creating more sports products for young people with special needs.

 Industrial Design and Technology student, Nicholas Johnson won the competition for his innovative ‘Dashboard’ game, a high-energy activity that provides players with an opportunity to practice coordination and decision-making skills in a fun way.  Nicholas will now receive a £3,000 bursary from Youth Sport Direct to enable him to develop his winning design through to a commercial product.

Design School academic George Torrens, "The Youth Sport Trust and Andrew Simpson Sports Enabling Trust have given our students and the pupils they worked with the opportunity to transform their creative energy into a sports product they can all use.”

Jo Simpson, Managing Director of Youth Sport Direct added: "Our aim as an organisation is to create a brighter future for young people through sport and physical activity – that means all young people regardless of age or ability. Congratulations to Nick on his win; we look forward to helping bring his dream to life!”

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