First George Todd Trophy Awarded

Ellen (centre) with her trophy

First George Todd Trophy Awarded

A new national painting and decorating competition in memory of a Forth Valley College lecturer was held for the first time this week at the Alloa Campus.

The National Progression Award Painting and Decorating Competition – organised in partnership between The Scottish Association of painting Craft Teachers and FVC – will from now on present the George Todd Trophy to the annual winner, named after a dedicated FVC Construction Department senior staff member who passed away recently.

A total of nine pairs of students from as far a-field as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife – as well as two pairs of students from FVC, one form the Alloa Campus and one from the Falkirk Campus - took part in the inaugural event on Thursday 21 April. Teams had to recreate a design in a set time period.

And the eventual winners were:

1st place: Jason Edgar and Graham Muir (City of Glasgow College)
2nd place: Michelle Reid and Shannon Hughes (Fife College West Campus)
3rd place: David Madden and Ryan Murphy (City of Glasgow College)

Also taking part were FVC students Jordan Gray (19) a Workstart student from Alloa and Darren White (15) an Alva Academy pupil who also studies for a Skills for Work Construction Crafts course at the Alloa Campus and Kelly McLean-Corsar (38) an NQ Construction Craft Skills student at the Falkirk Campus and Rebekah Mooney (16) a Graeme High School pupil who is on a Skills for Work course also at the Falkirk Campus.

FVC Painting and Decorator lecturer Kevin Bonner, said:

“It has been a great turn out for the first competition and we are all sure George would have been delighted. This year’s winners very deserving and produced some outstanding work on the day and they should be very proud of themselves.

“This may have been the first competition, but it is now hoped the event will be rolled out nationwide and will be hosted at colleges and other venues around Scotland.”

Ernie Romer, FVC’s School Provision Coordinator who helped to organise the event, said:

“I was privileged to work with George for a number of years and he was a keen supporter of school provision courses and I am sure that he would have been delighted to see pupils from the local schools take part in the competition. Rebekah and Darren should be proud that they were selected from the schools courses to take part in this inaugural competition.”

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