Launched earlier this year, the popular app Flappy Bird took the world by storm. Now, a Rhondda charity working with young people have developed a tongue in cheek version for Wales. Farty Sheep is the newest mobile app developed by Penrhys Partnership’s Big Click project. Developed in partnership with young people, Farty Sheep is a cheeky celebration of Wales with all the proceeds raised being used to support Penrhys Partnership’s work to inspire the next generation of technology creators in South Wales.
Working with a group of young people, the Big Click team developed their idea to create a Welsh version of Flappy Bird involving them throughout the process of initial concept, design, development, coding, recording of sound effects and marketing. The app features Elwyn, a lonely sheep on a mission to escape his Welsh hillside field and explore the world, trumping his way over castle walls and avoiding rain clouds. And listen out for some of our favourite Welsh phrases as you play along. This is a truly entertaining game made for anyone who loves Wales!
Big Click is a digital initiative creating new mobile apps to support community regeneration harnessing the power of technology to affect change. Previous projects have included work for the Welsh Government to create three Welsh Language apps aimed at young children. In the past year, staff have also helped more than 30 SMEs get online and trained more than 60 young people in technology development, including robotics and coding. The business also develops app products for sale on iTunes and Google Play.
“Our mission is to champion social enterprises, small businesses and groups to become creators of their own technology,” said Digital Technologies Manager, Ben Treharne-Foose. “We want to provide an example of what can be created in our communities and how even small organisations can challenge the status quo of technology development, bringing it into the heart of the Valleys.”
“Wales is establishing itself as a technology hub for Europe, meaning an increased demand for skilled people who can create and manipulate technology,” he added. “The young people of the South Wales Valleys are ideally placed for these up and coming jobs, but they need inspiration now.”
The Farty Sheep app was a pilot project to engage young people and develop local talent.
Robert Pengelley from Ynyshir said, “Working with Big Click has given me amazing opportunities to develop my coding skills and I have already helped
them develop two apps, including the Android version of the Farty Sheep app. As a result, I now have a portfolio of work and I have already had job interviews for companies in Cardiff Bay.”
Leighton Andrews, Assembly Member for Rhondda said, “IT skills are an essential part of any child’s education in the modern age, it is wonderful to see Penrhys Partnership offering young people the opportunity to make the most of their talents. It is commendable that they have dedicated the proceeds from the app to aid vital services in the community. I would like to congratulate everybody involved on an excellent, engaging and amusing creation”
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