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Leeds teenagers win Young Consumers of the Year Competition

Young Consumers of the Year receiving their prize

 Leeds teenagers are national consumer champions 2013

Students from Abbey Grange Academy in Leeds, beat off tough competition from seven other schools in the grand finals of Young Consumers of the Year competition at the Trading Standards Institute conference in Brighton this year.

Hundreds of schools from across the country entered the competition to find Britain's best-informed young consumers. Eight teams of four 14- to 17-year-olds made it to the finals of this knockout consumer quiz after coming top in qualifying heats and regional finals. 

The winning team from Abbey Grange Academy made up of Jack Parker, 16, George Thornton, 17, Edward Stallworthy, 17, George Edwards, 16, took home a medal, a £50 gift voucher and a goody bag of prizes plus the College of Fellows trophy and £1,000 for their school.

Danielle Rigby, Head of Economics, who supported the boys in preparing for the competition said: "We have got through to the final three times before, but this is the most nerve-racking! Although they were the most nervous team we have bought, this is a massive achievement."

Danielle added that the boys had learnt a great deal from both the study for the competition and the experience of taking part. Abbey Grange Academy finished second last year.

The teenagers were thrilled to be winners, saying that it had been “a huge surprise and achievement to have won”. 

They reached the final by winning a tough semi-final and then clinched the title in a nail-biting tiebreaker which saw them beat Boroughmuir High to the buzzer and winning the competition. St Albans High came third and Brynteg Comprehensive came fourth 

Young Consumers of the Year, organised by TSI, offers young people the chance to show their awareness of their environment, and their ability to be streetwise about what they eat, what they buy and how they manage their money.

TSI chief executive Leon Livermore said: “It is fantastic to see so many young people take part in this event. I’m confident that the knowledge they gain will stand them in good stead for their life ahead as consumers or indeed as good business people. In today’s increasingly complex world, it is becoming more and more important for everyone to know about their rights and responsibilities so they can stand up for themselves and make informed decisions.   

“It was a very exciting final. Congratulations to Abbey Grange Academy; very well done!”

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Trading Standards Institute (TSI)

TSI is a training and membership organisation that has represented the interests of the Trading Standards profession since 1881 nationally and internationally.  We aim to raise the profile of the profession while working towards fairer, better informed and safer consumer and business communities.

TSI’s members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities and in businesses. 

DATE: 20 June 2013