Licence to Game at Somerset College

It’s not every day that college students are handed the keys to a Porsche Boxster, but that’s exactly what has happened to five students from Somerset College.

The students have also been given access to Dillington House, the 16th Century estate in Illmister, after making a Dragon Den’s style pitch for location and props to be used in a promotional film they are set to direct and star in.

The students are now calling for budding actors and actresses to get in touch if they would like to feature in the film.

The five students, Ross Keniston, Martin Nicholls and Chris Dare from Taunton, Becky Churches from Street, and Jaspar Howson from Devon, are all studying Computer Games Development and developed a concept for an interactive football game called Striker: Evolution. It explores the life of a footballer and the impact of popularity and work life balance that are faced by professional footballers today.

Student Ross Keniston said: “We really believe this concept could be the next bestseller and we’re looking for budding actors to take part in the filming. We have some great support from local businesses who are donating props and locations free of charge - including a Porsche!

“Our course has given us a really good understanding of computer gaming and we now have the skills to create our own gaming ideas as well as promotional films.”

In time they hope their ideas and enthusiasm will generate enough interest for a sponsor to help them turn the game into a real life product.

George Seba, Multimedia and Computer Games Technology Lecturer, said: “It’s an exciting time for the students, as they see their theory-based learning become a reality with the help of the local community.

“We aim to give our students in-depth knowledge of the gaming industry and prepare them for life in the work place or in the case of Ross, Martin, Chris, Becky and Jaspar, for the Foundation Degree in Computer Games Technology here at Somerset College.”

To take part in the promotional filming of Striker Evolution please contact Ross Keniston on 07818610878 or email

Caption: Computer game students - front, Martin Nicholls and Becky Charles; back, left to right, lecturer George Seba with students Chris Dare, Jaspar Howson, Ross Keniston.