A trip to the RoboCup National Championships proved a double hat-trick for enterprising students from Stonyhurst College.
For the young engineers from the prestigious Ribble Valley school won the national finals for the sixth year in succession.
RoboCup is an annual international robotics competition in which robots, designed, made and programmed by the competing teams, play football against each other.
Winning team George Cowperthwaite from Clitheroe, James Goodall and Vincent Ng excelled and they are now hoping to go to Leipzig in July for the RoboCup World Championships.
College physics teacher James Bickerstaff, who runs the robotics club was deligthed with the success and said: “The team performed very well together, with each having a different role to play, from programming the robots to dealing with the electronics and mechanics.”
The official goal of the competition is ‘to produce a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players capable of winning a soccer game, complying with the official rules of FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup’.