The Design A Product Challenge is launched annually by Stoke City’s Community Trust. Each year a product is selected and young people from across the city are invited, in groups of four, to work collaboratively and innovatively in order to produce their design.
A panel of judges then compile a shortlist from all of the entries and the successful groups will be invited to the bet365 Stadium for the Final’s Day.
In the last two years we have grown this final to encompass 20 teams competing in a morning gallery walk or blind presentation with a final five presenting on stage in the afternoon to the judges and the audience. The victorious team then sees their product go into production and become available to Stoke City supporters.
2015 saw pupils design a mug to go on sale in the Stoke City Club shop with winners from Blythe Bridge High School and NCS.
In 2016 pupils designed Stoke City Christmas Cards with the winning entries coming from St Thomas More Catholic Academy and Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy.
The 2017 competition saw the return of mugs with winners from Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy and Biddulph High School.
This year the competition took a digital twist with pupils tasked by the Club’s commercial department to design a downloadable activity for young supporters for the official website. The winning design came from Clayton Hall Academy and will be launched in the autumn of 2018.