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Monday 12 November 2012

Enterprise final: 'It will be an unforgettable experience'

Archbishop Beck Catholic School looking forward to representing Liverpool in London final

Archbishop Beck: Paul Doherty, Katie May, Madelaine Kinsella & Shaun Haygarth

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 on Tuesday, premierleague.com asked the competitors their thoughts about the Challenge and how it has helped them as students. The final part of our series focuses on Archbishop Beck Catholic High School.

Archbishop Beck Catholic High School - Liverpool

Teacher: Christopher Tench
Students: Paul Doherty, Katie May, Madelaine Kinsella, Shaun Haygarth, Luke Burke

How did you get involved?
One of our senior staff was heavily involved with Liverpool Football Club and he had chosen us to compete as we are the high flyers of the year!

How did you get the idea for your pitch?
We came up with the idea of a website, as we thought this would be different than just an average PowerPoint. The use of a website could help us communicate around the world rather than just locally. That is where a massive amount of LFC supporters are based so we felt it was the right thing to do to have a global presence.

What is it like to have made the final?
It is really exciting and it is a great honour that we got through. We are really looking forward to what we think will be an unforgettable experience. We were really surprised to get through but it made all the hard work worth it.

What have you done to prepare for the final since you made it through from the semis?
We have worked a lot harder because we have had a lot more time and we have tweaked the presentation slightly to improve it. Based on the feedback from the judges we decided to condense our ideas into a PowerPoint to make it clearer. We wanted something we could print out so it was more accessible.

What do you feel this competition has done for the members of your team/your school/personally?
The competition has boosted our confidence personally and made the school feel proud as we are not only representing LFC but also representing them. On a personal level we all feel it has helped a lot with having the confidence to present to large crowds. This was something we were dreading but was one of the best parts of the semi-final.

How much are you looking forward to it?
All the team our really looking forward to it because it’s very exciting to be travelling to London. We are also really looking forward to the tour of Westminster and meeting our local MP.

How has the school helped you with this project?
The school has helped us to form the website and gave us all the time we needed to prepare and research all we needed. The school have also been very supportive and has made it clear how proud they are of what we have achieved while representing them.

What elements of business studies have you learnt?
We have learnt leadership skills and skills in pitching and presenting ideas. The main thing has probably been the teamwork skills we have gained. We have really enjoyed working together and are looking forward to presenting again in the final!

What advice would you give other students/teachers thinking of taking part in the challenge?
Be confident and don't worry about pitching our ideas because all you need to do is be prepared for it.

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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