Ribblesdale High School pupil wins national npower design contest

Ribblesdale High School pupil Autumn Robinson (15) with her winning design in the national competition to design the new outfit for the promotion people. A010311/2b
Ribblesdale High School pupil Autumn Robinson (15) with her winning design in the national competition to design the new outfit for the promotion people. A010311/2b

a Year 10 pupil at Clitheroe’s Ribblesdale High School, had the surprise of her life when she was unveiled as the winner of npower’s nationwide design competition.

The competition – launched by celebrity stylist Nicky Hambleton-Jones – called for budding young designers to create new uniforms for one of the most famous promotional teams in the UK, the npower Girls and Boys.

Autumn (15) and her schoolfriends had no idea she had won until a surprise presentation was sprung during an assembly at the school.

Over the past 10 years, the npower Girls have become a regular feature at cricket grounds to help cheer on the players during Test matches. Recently they have been joined by the npower Boys, and now the team can be seen showing their support at npower Football League matches, after npower became its official sponsor .

Autumn’s designs won judges over with their perfect mix of creativity and practicality. Emma Collins, sponsorship manager at npower, commented: “We are delighted with Autumn’s winning designs and we’re looking forward to seeing them brought to life for the start of the new 2011 /2012 football season in August. The outfits Autumn created are not only stylish but they are practical too – incorporating waterproof materials, pockets and even some fashionable faux fur for warmth!”

A flabbergasted Autumn commented: “It’s amazing – I just can’t believe my designs were picked. I’m still in shock as npower surprised me in my school assembly! Designing clothes is something I do in my spare time at the moment, but I want to pursue a career as a fashion designer, so this will be a brilliant for my portfolio.”