The Cotswold Challenge

The Cotswold Challenge is an exciting competition with amazing cash prizes for teenagers in the Cotswolds in school years 11, 12 and 13.

It is the brain-child of five FLBClub members: Barry Jackson of Aspire Academy; Nigel Chute of Chute Design; Allison Murray of Allison Murray Design; Chris Roberts, administrator for the FLBClub and Fiona Scott of Fiona Scott Media Consultancy and is being supported by sponsorship from several generous sponsors including the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club and website designer, Bulldog Websites.

The competition, which launched on 20th April, is an opportunity for young people, who have had their GCSEs and A-levels cancelled, to take part in a Challenge to excel, show off their skills or talents, gain a sense of achievement and win a monetary prize. The Cotswold Challenge has three categories:

  • Art & Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking.

Budding artists, sculptors, authors, poets and entrepreneurs can enter one or all three categories as many times as they like.

There are four prizes in each category of £500, £300, £150 and £50, which has already been donated in full by the generous sponsors including: Jeevan Thandi of Karhoo; author Kevin Wignall; Fairford & Lechlade Business Club; Business & Innovation Magazine; the Royal Agricultural University; The Paperback Shop and more. To see the full list of sponsors, visit:

Some of the illustrious judges, who have themselves achieved success in their own sector or business, include: Lady Bathurst; Tessa Campbell Fraser (artist and sculptor and wife of comedian, Rory Bremner); Darrell Warner (who has worked on films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Spiderman, The Mummy and Rocketman); Adam Henson (TV presenter and owner of the Cotswold Farm Park); Paul Cornell (a writer with TV credits including Elementary, Doctor Who and Primeval); Suzannah Harvey (CEO of Cotswold Airport) and Club members: Caroline Summers of The Paperback Shop, Fairford and Verity Manners of Wrag Barn Golf Club.

After the competition, winners will be able to pitch for additional funds to take ‘the next step’ towards showcasing their work e.g. publishing their poem or short story; staging their own art exhibition or taking their innovative idea to an early prototype stage.

The Cotswold Challenge has a deadline for entries of 9pm on Monday 1st June. Entry is FREE and you can get a briefing pack and entry details from: Like us on Facebook: @TheCotswoldChallenge; follow us on Twitter: @TheCotswoldCha1 or Instagram: the_cotswold_challenge.