Consumer Skills
22nd February 2002

Newry school wins ‘Consumer Olympics’ at final hurdle

<p>Abbey Grammar School of Newry are officially Northern Ireland’s Young Consumer Champions.</p>

In a close final of the Young Consumers Competition David Mathews, Cormac Campbell, Eoin Cleland, and Cathal McArdle edged through in the last round to defeat teams from Christian Brothers School, Omagh and Methodist College, Belfast. The quiz took place on Friday 22 February at the Ulster Museum Belfast.

The General Consumer Council and Trading Standards Service run the quiz to raise young people’s knowledge of consumer rights and responsibilities.

· The teams beat over 40 other schools and colleges of further education to get to the final.

· Teams were quizzed on consumer law, sources of advice, health and environment, and topical consumer issues such as food safety.

· The winners received £500 for their school, a silver trophy and individual prizes.

David Livingstone, Chief Trading Standards Officer commented,

“Through this quiz students learn how to avoid being ripped off and, at the same time, to act as responsible consumers. Businesses also gain because well informed consumers can push up standards and help traders to become more competitive.”

Joan Whiteside, Chairman of the General Consumer Council said
“Younger consumers need to be more aware of their rights. This quiz helps them to make sensible and informed choices in an increasingly complex marketplace.”

Notes for Editors

1. The teams were:

Abbey Grammar School Newry
Cormac Campbell, Eoin Cleland, David Mathews and Cathal McArdle.

The teacher in charge is Mr Hugh Markey.

Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh
Eoin Ward, Brian Kearns, Conor McElroy, and Jody Sharkey.

The teacher in charge is Mrs Corona McMorrow.

Methodist College, Belfast
Ross Beaton, Thomas Devlin, David Maxwell and David McGlade.

The teacher in charge is Mr Eric Lindsay.

2 45 teams entered the competition. The finalists won their regional heats which were held before Christmas.

3 For further information please contact Carol Edwards at the General Consumer Council (028 9067 2488) or Bill Molloy/ Anthony Haughan at Trading Standards (028 9025 3900).