SKYDIVING simulators, 200,000-seater football stadiums and drag racing tracks were just some of the brilliant ideas students came up with for a competition to design a community sports venue.
The Go4SET Engineering Developing Trust challenge, sponsored by local construction company Warings, was fought out between 12 teams from schools across Portsmouth and south Hampshire.
Overall best project award went to a team from Warblington School, Havant, who designed an indoor beach called iBeach complete with year-round sun, a spa and a surf simulator.
Team member Eleanor Wemyss, 14, said: ‘It is absolutely brilliant to win. Hopefully, one day iBeach will be built and we will all get our names carved into the side of it.’
The event at Portsmouth Football Club was the culmination of 10 weeks’ work alongside Warings’ mentors, and aimed to inspire young people in science, engineering and technology.
City of Portsmouth Boys’ School won Most Innovative Project award for a Hilsea sports complex decked out with indoor ski slope and skydiving simulator.
Steven McDermott, 14, who was on the team, said: ‘We went through lots of different designs before settling on this one. It was difficult but lots of fun.’
Springfield School received Best Teamwork award for re-designing their sports hall to be environmentally friendly, and have a dance studio and improved swimming pool.
Other entries included City of Portsmouth Girls’ shell-shaped dance and martial arts centre and Horndean Technology College’s 200,000-seater home for the England football team.
Philippe Jouy, managing director of Warings, said: ‘I am very proud to see Warings’ name associated with this competition.
‘I am an engineer and I don’t think it is a skill sufficiently valued in the UK. We have great engineering companies here in Portsmouth such as EADS Astrium and BAE Systems.
‘I have been amazed by what they have done and in just 10 weeks.’
The Warblington School team are through to the national finals on June 27.