To Summit Up, it’s more than just child’s play

Fred Williams with his Summit Up game.
Fred Williams with his Summit Up game.

A seven-year-old Alnwick lad, who’s mad about maths, is in pole position in a national competition to see his board-game design become a reality.

Fred Williams, a pupil at Swansfield Park First School, entered a national competition over the summer to design his own board game.

As he loves maths, he came up with the name Sum It Up, quickly developing into Summit Up. The game sees players race to the top of a mountain, completing sums along the way, with the winner being the first person to reach the summit.

Last week, Fred and his family discovered that he had been shortlisted in The Young Games Inventor 2014 – People’s Choice Award, which is decided by an online vote.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Fred was first of the seven candidates on 197 votes, 44 ahead of his nearest challenger. The winner will have their game made up by The Green Board Game Company.

Mum Katherine said: “Fred has been working hard to drum up support with friends and family from across the country voting for him.

“Swansfield Park First School has been brilliant too and Fred has presented his design to children at the school who have gone home to get their parents voting.

“This is such a great achievement for Fred – imagine how exciting it will be if he gets to see his design turned into a real game.”

Voting is open until midnight on Sunday, November 2. To vote, you need to log on to the website and click on Summit Up by Fred Williams.

To vote, you must provide a valid email address and while you can vote for multiple entries, only one vote per entry is allowed.

As well as having their game made up by The Green Board Game Company, the winner will also receive their height in games.

They will be invited to the design studio in High Wycombe to see their game coming to life and will also attend the Toy Fair in London, in January 2015, for a presentation.