Young people representing Wigan Athletic win Premier League Enterprise Challenge
Students from Lathom High School beat 900 other young people from 140 schools across the UK to be crowned joint-winners of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge on Monday afternoon.
Hosted at Ernst & Young’s offices in London, the youngsters competed against schools representing Brighton & Hove Albion, Everton, Middlesbrough, Swansea City and Watford at the national final, with the honour being shared with Broadgreen International School from Everton.
The students were responding to a challenge set by Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore, which was to encourage greater diversity among Wigan Athletic’s fans.
Their idea consisted of introducing Ipads and match day commentary for deaf and visually impaired supporters, while also hosting free sports sessions at Robin Park Arena for young people aged 8-17 who have season tickets before every home weekend league fixture.
Molly Nield, Year 10 pupil at Lathom High School, said: “I’m speechless and I’m just so proud of the whole group because we worked together as a team and have come a long way since we started the programme. It’s one of the best days of our lives and we’ll remember it forever.
She added: “What I’ve enjoyed the most about the Enterprise Challenge as a whole is learning about finance and understanding just how challenging running your own business is. I’ve loved every minute of studying with Wigan Athletic and it’s just been an amazing experience.”
The Enterprise Challenge is run in partnership with Sport Relief and sees students from across the country work together on a football business related task.
Jane Galbraith, Head Teacher at Lathom High School, said: “I’m thrilled that all of their hard work has paid off and I couldn’t be prouder of them. These were five young people who struggled with confidence and didn’t like public speaking before starting the programme with Wigan Athletic and now they’re national champions of a prestigious competition, it’s just incredible.”
Judging the event were Peta Bistany from the Premier League, entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, former England international Graeme Le Saux and former England Ladies legend Alex Scott MBE.
Theo, said: “Lathom High School identified quite clearly what they were going to do and worked out how to do it. They showed us the way forward and tackled what I believe to be one of the most difficult things in football, so for this they deserve fantastic credit.”
The Community Trust currently deliver the Enterprise curriculum to 10 schools and have worked with over 200 students during the past year.