SCHOOLS and colleges will soon be on the starting grid for the third Go Kart Challenge.
Huddersfield Town and engineering company David Brown have agreed to extend their partnership for another a year.
Since they joined forces in 2010, Town and Lockwood-based David Brown, have organised two highly successful school-based engineering initiatives – the Go Kart Challenges.
The competition sees teams of students given a budget and challenged to design, build and race their go karts on a series of events – supported by engineers from David Brown and young apprentices.
Thirteen local schools took part in the first year’s competition, when Holmfirth High School – led by Eleanor Rhodes, sister of Town striker Jordan Rhodes – lifted the trophy.
This summer, increased interest in the challenge meant 16 schools competed on race day – with Moor End Technology College, Crosland Moor, coming out on top.
Town and David Brown will be making it a hat-trick when they launch the third series later this year.
Town commercial director Sean Jarvis said: “Our partnership with David Brown is about making an impact in our local community – adding a different dimension to the education of local school children with engineering as the central focus.
“With the Go-Kart Challenge we have successfully met these aims over the last two years and will strive to continue to do so over the coming months.
“It has caught the imagination of the schools and the students and is a great example of business, football and community working together in an innovative and exciting way ‘to do the right thing’.
“We have enjoyed a brilliant working relationship with the staff at David Brown and I look forward to building upon our already very successful partnership over the coming months.”
Kate Norman, human resources director at David Brown, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Town again this year.
“Our local community is very important to us and supporting schools is something we value very highly.
“Over the last two years it has been fantastic to work with local children to encourage a practical and fun approach to engineering, especially through the David Brown Go Kart Challenge, whilst raising awareness of the opportunities available to young people in engineering.
“The competition is always a fitting and exciting end to a great year and we look forward to more developments in the coming year.”