A competition to raise awareness of colour blindness was won by a 10-year-old Leo Evans, who designed a light sculpture of Aston Villa footballer Tyrone Mings.

The Shining a Light on Colour Blindness competition was launched by non-profit organisation Colour Blind Awareness and supported by the Aston Villa Foundation.

Young football fans were asked to draw a colourful picture of their favourite footballer with the winning entry turned into a light sculpture and displayed at Aston University.

Professor Anthony Hilton, pro-vice-chancellor and executive dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences at Aston University, unveiled the sculpture with the competition winner. Professor Hilton said: ‘We are delighted for Leo. His winning drawing of Tyrone Mings looks fantastic as a light sculpture and we are proud to host it in our Vision Sciences building for our students, staff and visitors to enjoy, whilst raising awareness about colour blindness.’

Leo was met and congratulated by the head of the Aston Villa Foundation, Guy Rippon, and foundation manager, Ross Alexander. Commenting on his winning drawing, Leo said: ‘I am very proud that my picture won the competition and that Tyrone Mings liked it. I now better understand what being colour blind means and I hope my picture has helped someone else.’