Northumberland lad takes game-inventor crown

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

A nationwide search for the brightest gaming minds culminated in the crowning of a seven-year-old north Northumberland boy as Young Games Inventor of the Year during this week’s Toy Fair event in London.

As previously reported by the Gazette, Fred Williams, from Alnwick, entered a national competition last summer to design his own board game.

As the Swansfield Park First School pupil 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.

Mum Katherine said: “Last year, Fred’s favourite subject was maths and we had just climbed up Kinder Scout in Derbyshire – so that was the inspiration behind Summit Up. He spent a lot of the summer coming up with the idea, and then we made up the game on a piece of cardboard in the garden in one day.”

Fred was awarded a day trip to Toy Fair – Britain’s biggest toy and games event – where he was interviewed by the press, had exclusive access to some of the hottest new toys of 2015 and picked out a prize of his own height in board games.

The Young Games Inventor (People’s Choice) – one of two prizes handed out as part of the 2014 competition – was awarded to Fred after he came first in an online vote of shortlisted entries, receiving 278 votes from members of the public.

In the coming months, he will spend time with the design and production team at The Green Board Game Co to finalise the design of his game before receiving a prototype of the finished product to take home.

“We have been amazed at the rich talent of young people across the country who are dreaming up clever, often educational, new board games,” said Gary Wyatt, founder of The Green Board Games Co. “The Young Games Inventor of the Year was all about unearthing this hidden talent and celebrating it – and we have done that by giving Fred a memorable day at Britain’s biggest toy and games show.”