For the third consecutive year, apprentices from both Alpha Manufacturing and Bri-Stor Systems competed in the local event, having designed and built their own racers. Two teams competed in the race but for the first time, teams were mixed from the two sister companies.
On a rainy day in nearby Stone town centre, a timber pirate ship and Only Fools and Horses inspired Robin Reliant lined up at the start line. Although both finished the course in good times, it was the bright yellow Trotters Trading racer that took first place with the fastest downhill time and even managed to catch some serious air over the ramp obstacle.
The Stone Festival and Soapbox Derby have become an important part of our apprenticeship first year program, with the young engineers working in teams to design, build and test their racers. With the entire Alpha and Bri-Stor manufacturing facilities at their disposal, they’re able to test their engineering skills and gain a solid understanding of various manufacturing processes.
Congratulations to both teams on their Soapbox racers and thanks to all involved in organising the Stone Festival.
Back in January, Alpha were announced as team sponsors of the newly formed team, with managing Director Paul Clews keen to support local youth development:
“We do a lot for our young people through our apprenticeship programme through local events, projects and charity activities but this is something a bit different for the wider community. It’s great to be able to help local young people enjoy sports and hopefully they’ll do well in their first season”
The girls secured the first of the two trophies on 11th May after beating Lichfield City 4-1 and completed the double on the 18th May, collecting the Staffordshire Cup Winners Cup. Everyone associated with Leek Town and Alpha are incredibly proud of the Girls’ achievement so soon.
Alpha will continue the young team and wish them every success on and off the pitch during next season.