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18 February 2016

St Mary’s High School students represent Wigan Athletic in Premier League Enterprise Challenge.

Four Year 9 students from St Mary’s High School, Astley, represented Wigan Athletic earlier this month in the North West finals of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

The Premier League Enterprise Challenge is an annual competition for high school students, which is supported by Sport Relief and involves Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore setting young people a business challenge to solve related to the football industry.

Teams from five football clubs – Burnley, Derby County, Liverpool, Manchester United and Wigan Athletic – competed, presenting their ideas for this year’s challenge: how to encourage fans to spend more time at football stadiums on a match day.

The St Mary’s students, who were chosen to represent Wigan Athletic by a panel of judges including Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson, had the idea to introduce a link between the club and online taxi services, as well as a credit aspect to season cards.

They presented their ideas in front of judges Iain Webb, Partnerships Manager at the Premier League, Sue Wicks, UK Grants Manager at Sport Relief and John Brady, Development Officer for GreaterSports, before having a tour of the Etihad Stadium as they waited for the winning team to be chosen.

Dave Jones, the Enterprise team’s support teacher at St Mary’s, said: “The boys were in awe when they arrived at the stadium in the morning, being shown to a box where they could rehearse overlooking the pitch and then having a full tour of the ground was a great experience in itself.

“They did themselves proud, presenting and answering the judge’s questions very well.”

Manchester United’s team from The Swinton High School were chosen as the winners and progressed through to the next round.

Dave added: “It’s a shame that they didn’t progress any further in the competition but it was a fantastic day overall.

“Thank you to the staff from the Premier League for making the event a real day to remember for our team.”

To find out more about the Enterprise programme, please contact Enterprise Co-Ordinator Jake Blackburn on 01942 488 530 or email

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