Lathom High School will represent Wigan Athletic in the regional finals of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge
Pupils from a Wigan secondary school were given an insight into the running of a professional football club today when Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson visited their school.
Lathom High School, winners of the local finals of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge, will represent the club at the regional finals at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on 30th January.
Latics’ Chief Executive worked with the pupils to improve their business skills, after their initial idea of forming a strategic partnership with soft drink company Red Bull impressed judging panel Jonathan Jackson and Matt Jackson from Wigan Athletic, Emma Joussemet from the Premier League and Alan Lindsay from Wigan Council at the local finals.
The Premier League Enterprise Challenge is a nationwide competition that gives young people of secondary school age the chance to work with their local professional football clubs on an actual football business challenge set by Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore.
Jonathan, said: “I had a really interesting time working with the pupils at Lathom High School. We developed their already great idea, and just worked on the presentation skills they’ll need to impress the judging panel on the day.
He added: “It’s not so much about winning the competition for these pupils, it’s about developing those business skills at a young age so that they can take them into their future careers. It’s a fantastic project which the children at Lathom High School have really engaged with.”
Competing against Lathom High School at the end of the month will be Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, Blackpool Community Trust, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and Liverpool Football Club Foundation, with the winners going on to the National Finals in London later this year.
Jane Galbraith, Head Teacher at Lathom High School, said: “It’s truly unique that a Chief Executive of a professional football club has come in to our school today to work with our students. We were astonished when the club asked us if Jonathan could come in for the morning, and were thrilled that he wanted to visit us to share his expertise and experiences.
She added: “He has been brilliant with the students. He has gone through the work from a business strategy point of view and has also worked on their body language techniques, so that they’re absolutely ready to face the questions from the next set of judges.”
Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Enterprise Academy Programme uses the model of a professional football club to develop young people’s understanding of business and enterprise. As part of the course, students are able to work towards a national recognised qualification and will improve their attitude and motivation, communication and enterprise capabilities.
For more information please email Wigan Athletic Community Trust Enterprise Co-ordinator Jake Blackburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01942 488530.