An opportunity to get involved with Formula One is too good to resist. With some great networking, via students of Churchdown Academy, we were able to get in the driving seat.

F1 in Schools Ltd is a social enterprise working with committed industry partners to provide an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One. F1 in Schools is the only truly global educational programme that raises awareness of STEM and Formula One among students and school children in every region, in every country, on every continent. The initiative is to raise intake of engineering courses amongst young people.

Churchdown Academy entered as ‘’Churchdown Racing Team’’. At the Regional Qualifiers, held in Devon on the 19th January 2018, the teams were given their instructions. Simply, to design, construct and race the fastest F1 car of the future. Easy hey!? They were to divide up roles between 3 to 6 team members and act as a professional F1 racing team would. The car would need to be powered by compressed air cylinders and designed using CAD. They would be judged on the project as a whole.

So, how did Colour Connection get involved? Nikki was referred to Churchdown Racing by dad of one of the team members! Justin Richmond, Tech OP Solutions in Cheltenham, passed on Nikki’s details to his son Coel. Nikki then met with Coel to discuss the venture. Part of the project is to run the team as a business – managing a budget and sourcing sponsors. They needed to exhibit the team on the day in the Pit area. So we helped them design, brand and display ‘Team Churchdown Racing’ on their stand. The aim was to make the team stand out, reflect their ethos as a team but also respect the traditions of F1.

As we have strong connections with schools in Gloucestershire, we were delighted to be a part of this project. Working with schools is an opportunity for us to look to the talent of the future, so anywhere we can help, we do. The banners and back drop to ‘Team Churchdown Racing’ were provided free of charge.

We’re very pleased to say that the team achieved the Team Identity Award and 3rd place Professional Class. This all means they will be competing at the National finals at Silverstone in March 2018. We’d like to wish them good luck, it’s been a pleasure being part of the team. Fingers crossed they see the chequered flag first!

For more information on the F1 For Schools project please visit their website: http://www.f1inschools.co.uk/