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Savvy students on target in Premier League Enterprise Challenge

FIVE savvy Year 9 students from Lathom High School in Skelmersdale recently won the regional heats of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge held at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium and are now heading to the national finals.

The students – Bartosz, Dan, Saul, Molly and Sophie – discovered a taste for business and enterprise when they took part in a 10-week Business and Enterprise Qualification with the Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

This then led on to them being selected to take part in this year’s Premier League Enterprise Challenge.

As part of their community work the Premier League aims to improve young people’s life skills, enhance educational outcomes and increase young people’s awareness of the world of work. The challenge is set by the Premier League executive chairman, Richard Scudamore.

In this year’s challenge he asked the students to come up with ways they could help Wigan Athletic diversify their club’s fan base.

A spokesperson for Lathom High school said: “The students worked extremely hard over a number of weeks with the support of Wigan Athletic FC Community Trust and teachers at Lathom to make their business ideas come to life.

“They then went on to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges at the DW Stadium in Wigan.

“To the students’ surprise they won and were delighted to represent Wigan Athletic Football Club at the regional heats.”

Developing their ideas further, with the help of the Latics’ chief executive, Jonathan Jackson, the students presented again, this time at Anfield, in front of a new panel of judges and were ecstatic to hear the news that they were the winners.

Student Dan Stephens commented: “Nothing will come close to the feeling I had today with such a good group of friends.”

And headteacher at Lathom, Jane Galbraith, expressed how proud she was of the students on such an outstanding achievement.

The students are now preparing for the national final of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge which will take place in London in April where they will pitch their business idea to a panel of experts from the sport and business world.

Source: Champ News

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