Jordan and Cregan join F1 in Schools 20 Jan 2010
Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan and Yas Marina Circuit CEO Richard Cregan have both been appointed patrons of Irelands division of the global F1 in Schools programme, which sees schoolchildren from around the world design, build and race their own miniature, wooden F1 cars.
The rapidly growing initiative is well supported by the Formula One community and already boasts a number of technical gurus as patrons, including Lotuss Mike Gascoyne, Red Bulls Adrian Newey and Mercedes Ross Brawn and Norbert Haug.
I am delighted to be a Patron of F1 in Schools for Ireland - the scheme gives many youngsters the opportunity to get a feel and appreciate the engineering complexities of top level motorsport, commented Jordan, who grew up in Bray, County Wicklow and is now a respected F1 television pundit.
This is vital to encourage young potential engineers into the world of motorsport. It gives them the experience of working in a team in a competitive environment where all aspects of the business are considered - budgeting, engineering, marketing and sponsorship. F1 is an extremely competitive business to get into and this scheme can provide the opening for many budding engineers and designers - all for the benefit of the sport and industry.
Cregan, from Kildare, began his career working with Aer Lingus, before moving to Toyota where he enjoyed an illustrious management career spanning rallying and Formula One. He now heads up the newly-built and much acclaimed Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
I was delighted to be invited to be a patron of F1 in Schools Ireland and had no hesitation in giving my support to this very worthwhile initiative, he said. I am sure that if I had been given the opportunity to take part in this type of competition when I was at school in Ireland I would certainly have enjoyed the challenge. It is a great way to inspire students and open their eyes to the host of opportunities in motorsport for a career. There are so many facets of the F1 in Schools programme which are relevant to the real world and using the popularity of Formula One to engage students in engineering and other key subjects is excellent.
Being CEO of the YAS Marina Circuit I hope to see students from UAE aspire to achieve the highest of achievements as their Irish counterparts and one day raise the Bernie Ecclestone World Championship trophy.
F1 in Schools Founder and Chairman, Andrew Denford, welcomed Jordan and Cregan, saying: The patronage of two high profile F1 personalities for our Irish initiative is a great start to 2010. The programme gains enormous benefits from the support and assistance of industry achievers and both Jordan and Cregan demonstrate the success that can be achieved through hard work, ambition and passion. I am sure that both of these industry stars will help F1 in Schools go from strength to strength in Ireland.
The F1 in Schools global initiative takes place in over 30 countries, with more than 15 million students aware of the programme. For further information visit www.F1inSchools.com .