County success for ‘Unlucky 7’ Young Enterprise team
iA Games, the Young Enterprise team based at The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), will proceed to the next round of the competition with their innovative board game targeted at both sighted and non-sighted players.
On Thursday 1 May, the College team achieved the high honour of equal first place with teams from St Mary’s RC High School and Lady Hawkins’ School, Hereford, all of whom will be going through to the area final.
Kirsty Sockett, Senior Young Enterprise Manager, said: “The standard of competition was very high and the judges would like to stress that all eleven teams who took part are winners. It is encouraging to have three strong contenders for the Herefordshire & Worcestershire final next Thursday (8 May).”
The College team comprises Alex (Managing Director), Haydar-Ali (Marketing Director), Colin (Finance Director), Scott, Serkan and Shammi, all studying Business Studies yet taking part in Young Enterprise as an extra-curricular activity.
“The game appeals to people who are visually impaired and non-visually impaired,” MD Alex described the game. “It can be played by anyone from the age of six upwards and the braille version helps players with any degree of sight to all play together. We are really excited with how it is developing, as it is already becoming a learning tool for the teaching of braille and languages.”
Over 200 pieces make up the game called ‘Unlucky 7’, which is based on rolling two dice and placing tiles on the player’s individual game board. If a seven is rolled, the player must follow the instructions on the Chance card. The braille version is slightly larger than the non-braille version, to allow for the space that braille occupies on the tiles and Chance cards. Both versions are ideal as travel board games due to their compact size and lightweight design.
Steve Ramsdale, Business Studies teacher at RNC, commented: “This is evidence that RNC can give young visually impaired people the chance to be at the forefront of enterprise; unfortunately, this is often not the case in mainstream education. I am so proud of the prizes they have won so far, which are just rewards for all of the hard work they have put in.”
iA Games is working to fulfil placed orders for both versions of ‘Unlucky 7’ and are seeking to develop it in other languages.
Steve also gained recognition for his own achievements at the Herefordshire ceremony. He was presented with the Gold Award for his incredible contribution to Young Enterprise, guiding RNC teams since he began working for the College in 1995. Six of Steve’s previous RNC students and Young Enterprise participants have gone on to achieve Business Management degrees, some of whom have set up their own businesses utilising the skills they developed through the competition.
RNC Young Enterprise successes since 1995:
3 Herefordshire Area Winners
3 Second prizes
2 Third prizes
4 Top Marketing Awards
2 Best Company Report Awards
3 Best Managing Directors
2 Best Team Spirit
1 Best Presentation
Herefordshire & Worcestershire competition:
1 Most Enterprising Company
1 Best Presentation
Article written by Anika Backhouse, PR, Publications & Outreach Officer at RNC