Saturday 10 November 2012

Enterprise final: 'It is a massive achievement for the school'

In our latest Q&A, Alexandra College of Enterprise discuss reaching the Enterprise final

Alexandra College: Liam Jones, Tiffany Morton, Billy Lacey, Stevie Coleman & Jack Fox

Entrepreneurial youngsters from across the country will do battle on Tuesday 13 November in the final of this year's Premier League Enterprise Challenge at the Westminster Conference Centre.

Six schools, representing Norwich City, Middlesbrough, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, will try to impress the judges and assembled dignitaries with their business ideas and solutions for improving customer service for fans on matchdays.

The Year 9-11 youngsters will have to present a business plan as well as their pitch to a panel of judges, with one team being crowned 2012 Enterprise Challenge winners.

Ahead of the contest next Tuesday, premierleague.com asked the competitors their thoughts about the Challenge and how it has helped them as students. The fifth part of our series features Alexandra College of Enterprise in Sandwell.

Alexandra College of Enterprise - West Bromwich Albion

Teacher: Julie Cornfield (Assistant Head Teacher - Business and Enterprise)
Students: Liam Jones, Tiffany Morton, Billy Lacey, Stevie Coleman & Jack Fox

How did you get involved?

Tiffany Morton: Our school is part of the Albion Foundation and therefore we got the chance to be involved in the Premier League Challenge. As a house captain I put myself forward for the role of taking part. The business department at our school also suggested people for the role.

Billy Lacey: I am a house captain at my school and therefore I was asked if I wanted to take part in the Challenge and I said yes because I saw it as a great opportunity to represent my school in such a big event.

How did you get the idea for your pitch?

Liam Jones: We initially got the idea of Happy Hawthorns from the suggestions of fans, they wanted a more family-orientated experience at the football matches therefore we decided to plan out a centre that would offer these facilities during the game

What is it like to have made the final?

Tiffany Morton: We are all very excited for the final and are hoping for the best result, we have worked hard to perfect our pitch and have taken advice from the judges in the semi-final on how to make our pitch better.

Billy Lacey: It feels great! Our year at school hasn't been the most successful over the last five years and so this feels really good. We are looking forward to the final and we hope to win.

What have you done to prepare for the final since you made it through from the semis?

Billy Lacey: We have developed our pitch so it is more professional and also we have taken pictures to add into the presentation, which we have also developed. We took the judges advice from the semi finals and put it into our pitch.

Jack Fox: We have improved current ideas to perfection and organised ourselves for the main pitch that we will have to deliver in the final.

How much are you looking forward to it?

Tiffany Morton: We are all very excited for the final and are hoping for the best result, we have worked hard to perfect our pitch and have taken advice from the judges in the semi-final on how to make our pitch better.

Billy Lacey: I am very much looking forward to it. 'Buzzing' actually! It's going to be great.

How has the school helped you with this project?

Billy Lacey: They have helped us out a lot as they have provided us with support and also advice on how to improve our pitch. Many thanks go to Mrs Cornfield and Sam Buckle.

How has the club helped you?

Stevie Coleman: The club has provided us with appropriate information that we will use in the presentation, they have been a great help.

Billy Lacey: Although I am a Wolves fan, West Bromwich Albion have provided us with some useful ideas.

What do you feel this competition has done for the members of your team/your school/personally?

Billy Lacey: The competition has given me many skills and made me a more confident speaker. It has helped us as a team and developed further friendships. It is a massive achievement for the school and really links in with the Alexandra being an Enterprise College.

Liam Jones: The competition has given the school a better reputation and it has played a big role in improving the confidence of the members of our group.

What elements of business studies have you learnt?

Billy Lacey: We have learnt more about costings of each of our chosen ideas and how we will gain a profit from these ideas in the long term.

What advice would you give other students/teachers thinking of taking part in the challenge?

Billy Lacey: I would highly recommend the Enterprise Challenge because it improves personal skills such as your confidence and interacting with new people. It really develops you as an individual, as a team and as a school. It I would also recommend that you keep calm, present in the best possible way and do not be put off if something goes wrong.

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Key Points

  • 2012 Premier League Enterprise Challenge Final takes place next week
  • Six schools from across the country are taking part
  • We have asked the students what they think of the competition