First team midfielder Shaun MacDonald was on the judging panel.
- Over 25 students from five secondary schools took part in the competition.
- The challenge was set by the Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore.
- Lathom High School will represent the club in the regional final at Anfield next year.
A group of local students will present their idea of diversifying the Wigan Athletic fan base to a panel of expert judges at the regional final of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge after winning the local heat of the competition at the DW Stadium last Thursday afternoon.
Pupils in Year 9 from Lathom High School will represent Wigan Athletic at Liverpool Football Club in January 2018 after winning the club’s local heat for the second successive year.
Over 25 students from five secondary schools took part in the event and responded to a challenge set by Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore.
Judging the competition were the club’s Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson, first team player Shaun MacDonald, Emma Joussemet, Senior Community Development Executive at the Premier League and Alan Lindsay, Assistant Director for Children’s Services at Wigan Council.
Shaun, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the event and couldn’t believe how confident most of the students were. I couldn’t have ever dreamt of being as confident as they were speaking in front of a crowd of people at that age, so they all deserve a huge amount of credit for what they achieved.”
He added: “I found the experience of judging a competition really good apart from having to let down about 20 students from the other schools and pick a winner. Congratulations to the five that went through from Lathom though because they did deserve it in the end.”
The Premier League Enterprise Challenge is a national competition that gives young people of secondary school age the chance to work with their local professional football clubs on a football business challenge.
Emma Joussement, said: “The Premier League are delighted to support Wigan Athletic Community Trust because they do such a fantastic job with the range of programmes we deliver centrally. We’re really pleased with their work and the positive impact they’re having on people across the borough.”
Sophie Herron from Lathom High School, said: “Taking part in the Enterprise Challenge has been one of the best experiences of my life because it’s given me new opportunities and has helped me develop a passion for working in business."
For more information about the Premier League Enterprise Challenge and how to get your school involved, please email Wigan Athletic Community Trust Enterprise Co-ordinator Jake Blackburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01942 318090.