A LEADING engineering firm has joined forces with Huddersfield Town to issue a challenge to local schools.
David Brown Gear Systems, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, has joined forces with the football club in an initiative to foster an interest in engineering among young people.
Students in schools across Kirklees and Calderdale will be challenged to build a pedal-driven go-kart – helped by David Brown’s engineers – which they can then race against other schools around the stadium.
Motivational speaker Steve Black, who is performance coach at Town, will also give a series of talks to employees at the Lockwood-based company over the next few months.
Further joint activities are also being planned as part of the link-up.
The partnership underlines Town’s widening community involvement. Town was named League One Family Club of the Year at the 2010 Football League Awards.
David Brown – which has offices in the USA, Australia, South Africa, Europe, China and Thailand – is also keen to promote engineering as a career among local youngsters.
Town commercial director Sean Jarvis said: “We are delighted to welcome David Brown into the Huddersfield Town family and are very excited about how the relationship will develop over the coming years.
“Both organisations are extremely keen to give something back to the local community and it will be great to combine our resources to deliver a series of top-class initiatives to the area.”
David Brown managing director Ian Farquhar added: “We are constantly looking to find different ways in which we can work with the local community and develop skills.
“We are delighted that by working with Huddersfield Town we are able to raise awareness of engineering within schools while building a relationship with the club.”