Royal National College for the Blind Journey Award Winner
Alex Green, a student at The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), has achieved recognition amongst his peers and established business professionals at the West Midlands Young Enterprise Final by winning the first Journey Award for the region.
The Young Enterprise Journey Award recognises the student who has shown the most progress through the year in the Young Enterprise competition.
Alex fought off tough competition from students in the West Midlands area whose participation is included in their timetabled studies. At RNC, students engage with the Young Enterprise scheme independently of their course programmes; for Alex this is a high accolade worthy of the time and effort put into the company (iAGames) and Unlucky 7, the braille board game he devised.
“I felt proud when I heard my name as the winner of the award,”“I didn’t expect to get shortlisted or get to the finals and win! Through the skills I have learnt during Young Enterprise, I hope to find employment when I leave the College and also keep the game running.”
Alex Green, Managing Director of iAGames.
About Young Enterprise, Alex said: “I didn’t expect it to open up other doors when I started. I just had the idea to adapt a family game that my grandfather taught me. I have changed some of the rules, introduced the ‘chance’ cards and made it accessible for a visually impaired player to play alongside non-visually impaired players.”
Alex is utilising his woodworking skills to adapt the physical nature of the game, identifying ways that he can braille wooden pieces to keep the ethos of accessibility central to the game. The intention was always to create versions in different languages, with French being the first on the list, and Alex is working on the requirements to create an electronic version of Unlucky 7.
“I am very proud of Alex on winning this highly prestigious Award. I am so pleased his achievements have been recognised by some of the West Midlands’ top business people who acted as the judges for the Award. Alex has overcome a number of extra challenges, but kept himself focused on demanding targets, both for himself and his team.”
Steve Ramsdale, RNC Business Studies and Young Enterprise Link teacher.