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Football Stand Project

Football Stand Project

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You will Need:

  • String, garden twine, cotton, wool, shoe laces. Wire is not permitted.
  • Glue, tape. Superglue is not permitted.
  • Buttons
  • Bottle tops
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Dry pasta (spaghetti)

What to Do:

  • The stand, both terrace and roof should be 300mm wide and 450mm long. The roof should be strong enough to support 6 folded pillowcases (to represent snow).
  • There should be no columns within the stand or along the front to ensure there is an unimpeded view of the pitch. Columns can be used at the ends and the back of the stand.
  • For simplicity, the seats and terracing can be represented by a simple slope.
  • To improve the visual appearance the model can be painted/coloured.
  • Note: There are several ways to achieve this task as can be seen by looking at all the different types and styles of stands both around the UK and the world. A couple of examples are shown in the above picture, a “goal post” style and a “cantilever roof style”. There are many different options that can be used for the “goalpost” frame above or for the “cantilevers”.

Recycling and Sustainability:

  • Sustainability is an important aspect to design.
  • Watch the video to get thinking with sustainability in mind.

To increase the sustainability of your stadium design:

  • Use few simple materials (mixed materials such as in juice cartons are tricky to recover when recycled)
  • Choose materials that can either be composted (so no harmful chemicals) or that can be reused to make something else. Think about materials that can be used several times for different things before being returned to the soil (e.g.trees to furniture to chipboard to paper to soil).
  • If you consider painting your materials, this may reduce the possibility to recycle the material or compost it.
  • After completing your design try to reuse your materials and if this is not possible consider recycling them before throwing them away.


  • The model should achieve its function efficiency. It should be capable of supporting 6 folded up pillowcases (or similar) to reprsent snow.
  • The model should not be over-designed (supporting more than the required load of 6 pillowcases) as this would be a wasteful use of materials that could be used for another project.
  • The model should optimise the potential re-use of materials to maximise sustainability.
  • The model should minimise the quantity of materials.
  • The model should have architectural appeal.

The team of engineers at EniProgetti would like to hold a competition! Send your entries to to be sent to the team and wait to find out if you are a winner, and you may receive a prize!

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