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It was Dragon’s Den time again at the Guernsey College of Further Education last Friday and SPF’s Gary Wallbridge was delighted to be asked back to judge.

This year the students were all in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) so he saw some interesting presentations for a range of ideas from a smart watch training aid that offered a reward scheme to an interactive video coaching app for young sports people.

All of the proposals were very well thought out and presented and it was difficult to choose the winners, but in the end the panel decided that Macy Drillot gave the best individual presentation, keeping her cool no matter how many difficult questions were put to her.

The team taking home the title was POWA who were Alfie Hollowell, Oscar Leadbeater, Ella Podger and Callan Loveridge. Gary says that the judges concluded that “Their idea of recycling metal into home gym equipment was the most achievable. POWA demonstrated that they had a good target market, could achieve government backing and it was also an environmentally friendly scheme, not just because of the recycling element but also because they would plant a tree for each piece of equipment sold.” The panel felt that the funds that the team asked for for marketing, represented the best investment.

Gary summed up the experience saying “It is a genuine pleasure to be involved in these events. The students really do give their all and many of them could show hardened entrepreneurs a thing or two about how to conduct themselves!”

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