LCF Law advises on national rollout of innovative app developed in Yorkshire

LCF Law advises on national rollout of innovative app developed in Yorkshire

LCF Law has advised on the licensing of an innovative app developed in Huddersfield for school pupils with parents on low incomes.

The app, called School’s Out! and launched in 2019, is the brainchild of Kirklees Youth Alliance (KYA), which provides support to a wide network of youth organisations across Kirklees, and was developed by Huddersfield-based digital design specialist, Torchbearer.

Parents using the app can book a wide range of sessions and activities during school holidays for their children that incorporate a nutritious meal, physical exercise and enrichment activities.

Last year alone, 85 organisations hosted more than 2,600 sessions that were attended by approximately 12,000 children and more than 28,000 nutritious meals were served.

Following this success, KYA and Torchbearer enlisted LCF Law to create a licensing model and agreements that will enable local authorities throughout the UK to start using the app.

Commenting on the firm’s legal work, James Sarjantson (pictured, right), commercial and digital partner at LCF Law, said: “Schools Out! has been hugely beneficial to KYA, Kirklees Council and the thousands of families using it.”

“We’ve worked closely with Torchbearer and KYA to create a series of agreements that enable Torchbearer to resell, test and lead the installations, as well as providing relevant technical support to new customers, whilst also ensuring that KYA benefit from the intellectual property rights that they have on the product. It’s a unique partnership and we’re looking forward to watching it develop and grow as more local authorities and end users sign up to use the app.”

“We work with many IT and technology businesses in the local area, but few of those projects have the genuine and deep social impact that this one will have.”

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