Boroughmuir Defend their Title to Become Scottish Young Consumers of 2009

posted 26 Mar 2009, 07:58 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
Boroughmuir High School are once again the Scottish Champions in the Young Consumers of the Year Competition. In a thrilling quiz final held at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 24 March, they successfully overcame stiff competition to retain their Scottish champions status.

The team, made up by Scott Duncan (captain) Malcolm Perry, Ruaridh Beveridge and Cameron Roscoe, won by 30 points from Dingwall Academy (Boroughmuir's winning score was 82).

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader for the City of Edinburgh Council, said:

"Huge congratulations to Boroughmuir High School for successfully defending their title and becoming Scottish Young Consumers for a second consecutive year. They should be justly proud of their fine performance on the day and I wish them all the best for the UK final.

"All the teams taking part have shown a clear commitment to the Young Consumers Competition. The value of consumer awareness and education shouldn't be underestimated, as it will serve the pupils well in the future, regardless of what they go on to do."

Gill MacGregor from sponsors Consumer Focus Scotland said: "Consumer Focus Scotland is delighted to see so many young people taking part in the competition. The standard of knowledge about consumer rights and responsibilities is extremely high and we are certain that Boroughmuir will put on a great show at the national final - good luck!"

Boroughmuir now go forward to represent Scotland at the UK Finals at the start of July, as part of the annual Trading Standards Institute's Conference which is being held this year in Brighton. Last year, they were narrowly beaten by just six points in the UK finals, losing out to Simon Langton Grammar in Kent in a hard-fought national final.

Teams entering Young Consumers are tested on a range of consumer-related topics, such as: Environment & Social Responsibility; Money and Credit; Food and Drink; Keeping Safe, Keeping Healthy, as well as Legal and Consumer matters.

The aim of the competition is to make the participants fully aware of their rights and responsibilities as consumers and to give them essential life skills as they prepare for the world of work and study. The knowledge taught in the programme is particularly relevant to young people given the current global economic situation.

The Young Consumers Competition has been running for nearly a quarter of a century and is organised in Scotland by the City of Edinburgh Council and nationally by the Trading Standards Institute. Scottish teams have won two of the last three UK titles.

Lead Scottish sponsor at this year's event was Consumer Focus Scotland, with associate sponsors United Utilities and Scotmid. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, Boots, Odeon and VUE cinemas and Young Scot also donated prizes for participants.

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council