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Friday 04 May 2012

Enterprise Challenge youngsters shine in Newcastle

Students from around the country battled it out for business bragging rights

Students enjoy visiting the Sports Direct Arena during the inter-club Enterprise Challenge

Over 100 students from around the country had the chance to show off their business skills at the recent inter-club Enterprise Challenge at the Newcastle United Foundation.

The 130 Year 9 youngsters, representing 10 clubs, took part in a variety of enterprise tasks at the iconic Sports Direct Arena.

Islington Arts and Media School, representing Arsenal, ended up as winners and they received copies of EA Sports FIFA Street as well as tickets for a Barclays Premier League match.

Hull City were runners-up, with Bolton Wanderers finishing third.

"The students all produced a real result, and allied their creativity and teamwork with sound commercial and practical sense"
- Tom Smyth

"It was great to see all the participants embracing the tasks and getting involved," said Gavin Ferry, Enterprise Tutor at the Newcastle United Foundation.

"It is also fantastic to see footballing rivalry put aside as learners representing 10 clubs from across the country came together, talked to their competitors and had fun throughout the day."

Sunderland, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Fulham, and Blackpool were the other clubs taking part.

A total of 18 clubs have a Premier League Enterprise Academy, a programme which is supported by the Government Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and helps teach 11-19 year-olds the basic principles of business and self-employment.

"It has been really great to see how the groups have worked together effectively as a team to harness individual creativity and innovation," said Tom Smyth, Deputy Head, BIS Yorkshire Humber and the North East.

"The students all produced a real result, and allied their creativity and teamwork with sound commercial and practical sense.

"Bringing these key areas together will help young people make a success of their own ideas and ventures in the future, and help us build a more sustainable future for the wider country."

The Premier League Enterprise Academy programme has been running since 2008 with over 65,000 young people involved in enterprise activities so far.

Read more about the Premier League Enterprise Academy.

Read the full Premier League Creating Chances report.

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Key Points

  • Inter-club Enterprise Challenge held in Newcastle
  • Over 100 Year 9 students took part in event, tackling a host of enterprise tasks
  • The winners were Islington Arts and Media School, representing Arsenal