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Thirsk Schoolboy Plays His Cards Right


6:01am 29th June 2013

A schoolboy from Thirsk, Alex Glegg, 8 certainly knows how to play his cards right.

He has just become a Top Trumps ‘hero’ after seeing off more than 100,000 other schoolchildren at a UK-wide Top Trumps tournament.

And this weekend the youngster from Thirsk bids to become Britain’s official Top Trumps champ.

‘Youngster’ is certainly the apt word as he is the youngest finalist of the 13 to make the Grand Final of the National Schools Top Trumps Tournament, held this Saturday in London. The majority of the finalists are aged 11, the next youngest to Alex is aged nine.

Alex, battled through to the Grand Final having seen off more than 100,000 schoolchildren aged between 8 and 11.

This year the event has been themed around ‘Digital Heroes’ as seen through the eyes of children.

To get to the finals Alex had to first beat classmates which won him through to a gruelling online elimination round where he battled it out for three solid weeks against 1,200 other school champs from all over the UK.

The 12 others in the final are from all over the UK.

Alex will now compete with these 12 today (Saturday 29th June 2013) in London in a bid to become Britain’s Top Trumps champ.

The Champion of Champions will win a Top Trumps Tournament Trophy plus a load of games goodies and an iPad Mini.

Fiona Hortopp, Head of Marketing at Winning Moves UK says:

“Our hearty congratulations to Alex. He is a regional Champion already having come out ahead of so many other school children across the country. Now we wish him the very best in the Grand Final where he will be bidding to become the Champion of Champions and lift a gleaming trophy.”

She adds that Top Trumps has been hailed as not only fun but highly educational too. The National Children’s Bureau carried out detailed research on the National Schools Top Trumps Tournament and concluded the game helps children improve both numeracy and literacy.

Fiona adds “These findings have resulted in heads and teachers seeing the advantage of bringing in Top Trumps as a teaching tool inside the classroom.”

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