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HugoFox.com backs Georgian Gardens’ Goblins!
March 12, 2012  //  By:   //  Geogrian Gardens Community Primary School, Greenpower Goblins, HugoFox.com, Local business news, RE Thompson, Rustington Otters
Victoria Poolman

Bio: Having written for a range of trade and consumer publications, Victoria brings her love of all things local to the role of HugoFox News Editor.

Victoria Poolman

Watch out Lewis Hamilton – here comes Georgian Gardens Community Primary School!

Children entering the challenge are responsible for finding funding from local businesses to support their project

Fourteen children aged between 10 and 11 from Georgian Gardens Community Primary School are preparing to take part in a fantastic challenge which will involve them building ‘Goblin’ cars and racing against teams from schools nationwide.

The Greenpower Goblin Challenge involves schools from across the UK, with each team designing and building kit cars which they will race locally before competing at the world-famous Goodwood racing track as part of the ‘Gathering of Goblins’ on 8th July.

With the whole of Georgian Gardens School involved in designing logos for the two cars being built by their team, the children are also responsible for finding sponsorship to help pay for transport costs and safety gear.

Hundreds of parents and teachers gather at Goodwood to support their teams

Local listings website HugoFox.com was delighted to step up and contribute towards the project; with the website’s founder, Michael Thompson, also the owner of precision engineering firm RE Thompson, he was especially keen to pledge his support:

“We first heard about the Greenpower Goblin Challenge through our sponsorship of the Rustington Otters Football Club, and with my links in engineering and HugoFox.com being passionate about community matters, we were keen to help.

 “Having since visited the children and seen their works in progress, it’s fantastic to see them so enthusiastic about the challenge, as they develop their skills in engineering as well as working together as a team to help fund the project. We can’t wait to see our Fox on the side of Georgian Gardens’ Goblin Cars as they cross the finishing line at Goodwood!”

Tyler Whitcombe aged 11 told HugoFox News:

“We now have two cars built but the electrics need to be finished. We are also trying to judge the logo competition which is hard deciding which one is the best.” She added, “I am really looking forward to driving the cars in the next few weeks.”

Teacher and project leader Chris Ansell continued: “Without the generous sponsorship of Hugo Fox we would not be able to buy new wheels and parts for the cars. The project costs hundreds of pounds each year to run with broken and worn out parts to replace. The children are responsible for gaining the funding required to run the project as the school does not pay for it out of its budget at all.

Goblins cross the finish line: Let's hope this year's winner bears the mark of HugoFox.com!

The IET Formula Goblin Project aims to inspire young people aged 9-11 into engineering in a fun and innovative way. With all the teams required to assemble their kit cars, which requires an understanding of basic mechanics and a great deal of team effort, each group will have a fully functioning car to race at a number of events across Great Britain.

The challenge incorporates several parts of the curriculum, such as maths, science, design technology, electricity and an understanding of materials, and encourages parents to get involved too. With the support of local businesses, the Goblin challenge also helps to build strong bonds within our communities between schools, children, their parents and local organisations.

If you or someone you know would like to help sponsor Tyler and her teammates, get in touch by emailing victoria@hugofox.com.

For more information, visit http://www.greenpower.co.uk/racing/goblins/ and keep checking back on HugoFox news to see the latest updates!

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