Corby students tackle alcohol-related violence

Students Josh Gorringe and William Riddle with Asda staff John Hill and Dave Harrison
Students Josh Gorringe and William Riddle with Asda staff John Hill and Dave Harrison

Budding entrepreneurs at Lodge Park Academy, Corby, have made it into the final of the Northamptonshire Schools County Challenge.

Students taking part in the Dragon’s Den-style competition, organised by Northamptonshire Police, have been asked to come up with ideas to cut incidents of violence in the county which are related to alcohol.

The semi-finalists from Lodge Park Academy came up with an idea to label alcohol bottles with warnings.

They have already labelled bottles in Rubix nightclub in Corby and have approached Asda supermarket in the town to put up their warnings on its shelves.

The pupils have also designed T-shirts which some Rubix staff wore last weekend.

Hugo Goodson, head of religious education at Lodge Park Academy, said: “We are extremely proud of the students and their commitment to ensuring their campaign makes a real difference within the community.

“Asda gave the idea an incredibly warm welcome and were very enthusiastic about it. This just proves that this is something that could have real sustainability.”

The labels have been paid for by Corby Council’s community alcohol partnership and the town’s Pub Watch scheme.

The final of the challenge will take place in Wellingborough on July 2.