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WIGAN SCHOOLS TAKE PART IN ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE

10 February 2015

Six Wigan schools compete to represent Latics.

Six Wigan high schools sent teams to the DW Stadium last week to take part in the first round of Wigan Athletic’s heats for the Premier League Enterprise Challenge.

The Enterprise Challenge is an annual competition organised by the Premier League and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills that gives high school students the opportunity to present business ideas to football clubs.

This year’s challenge asked students to come up with ways in which more families can be encouraged to come to football games.

Students from Hawkley Hall, Hindley, St Mary’s and Deanery High Schools were successfully chosen to go through to the next round of the Wigan Athletic competition and are now just one stage away from representing Latics in the Northern finals of the competition at Old Trafford.

Some brilliant ideas were presented to the panel, including a Challenge Card for junior supporters to complete throughout the season, moving the Hub to a larger location and creating a sports academy and providing free transport for elderly supporters.

Scott Williams, Commercial Manager for Wigan Athletic, helped to judge the first heats of the competition.

Scott said: “The standard of ideas and presentations was fantastic – there were a few ideas that I found really interesting and that could be a real possibility for the Club to look into. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the schools develop their presentations in the next round.”

In the next round, the four teams will present to a panel of judges, made up of Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson, Club Vice Chairman Phillip Williams and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, who will choose one winning team to go on to represent Wigan Athletic.

To find out more about any of the education programmes provided by Wigan Athletic Community Trust, please contact Jake Blackburn on 01942 488 530 or email j.blackburn@wiganathleticct.com.

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