A team of students from Hindley High School took their ideas on how to increase Wigan Athletic’s international fan base into a national competition last week.
The young people who are all aged between 14 and 15 were taking part in the semi-finals of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.
The competition which is backed by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills involved students across the country responding to a challenge set by Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore to help clubs attract new fans in the international market.
Hindley's idea involved Wigan Athletic setting up International Soccer Schools, establishing a partnership with a Major League Soccer Club and using the profile of Roger Espinoza to target the large Honduran community in Miami.
To take part in the semi-final, Hindley had first won a local competition with other Wigan schools at the DW Stadium organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust.
Jake Blackburn, Enterprise Co-ordinator for the Community Trust said: “The team did really well and receive lots of positive feedback from the judges and other Clubs.
“Unfortunately they didn’t make it through to the final but hopefully the experience helped inspire them to want a career in football and sport when they leave school.”
Each year Wigan Athletic Community Trust gives hundreds of young people in primary and secondary schools the chance to learn more about how Wigan Athletic operates as a business through its Latics Enterprise Academy programme which is supported by the Premier League and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
For more information on the Latics Enterprise Academy scheme please contact Jake Blackburn on 01942 488 530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.