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15 January 2018

Community Trust currently deliver the Enterprise curriculum to 10 schools and have worked with over 200 students during the past year.

  • Charlotte and Lily attend Lathom High School.
  • Students represented Wigan Athletic in last year's challenge.
  • Pair co-hosted this year's event at the DW Stadium.

Whether it’s taking assemblies, giving presentations or hosting competitions, Year 10 students Charlotte and Lily from Lathom High School clearly have no problem with speaking in front of an audience.

It hasn't always been the case, however.

By their own admission the 14-year-olds had lacked self-confidence but that began to change when last year they decided to take part in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge with Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

"Maybe I was selected because they knew my confidence wasn't the best of my abilities," Charlotte says. "I was so nervous, because I wasn't good at standing up in front of crowds or talking to anyone. I was quite shy. I wasn't sure if was for me but I had a go anyway."

Charlotte and Lily and the rest of their team started coming up with plans and ideas to meet a business brief set by Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore.

And as the proposals started to come together, Charlotte and Lily's personalities began to grow and develop.

"I started to really get involved in the business-type work we were doing," Charlotte says. "I really enjoyed talking about the finance side and I actually started to really enjoy presenting in front of crowds. That was a surprise."

Lily adds: "We were all nervous and nobody knew anything about it, but once we started working as a team, all the ideas came together and we started to really enjoy it."

After delivering their presentation to a panel of judges at the DW Stadium, Lathom High School’s team were selected to go forward and be the club’s representatives at the national semi-finals at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.

Although the team did not manage to progress to the final, the experience has certainly had a lasting impact on the girls.

"I would never have stood up in front of a crowd before doing the Challenge and now everything's changed," says Charlotte. "Now I do assemblies at school, and I hosted this year’s Enterprise Challenge heat at the DW Stadium.”

Lily, who co-hosted that event, adds: "It brought back lots of memories. We weren’t nervous doing it this time. We were just hoping the best for our school’s next team.

"Even though we didn't get through to the final ourselves, we were all really proud of what we did."

Charlotte and Lily have been mentoring Lathom’s latest Enterprise Challenge team, and that group also won the right to represent the club at the regional heat at Liverpool’s Anfield home last week.

And it was to be a memorable day for Latics and the school as they beat five other professional clubs to progress to the national final in London which will take place in April 2018.

The pair have also started a GCSE course in business with the Community Trust, studying at the DW Stadium.

"As soon as we were asked to do the course we both said yes straight away, because of how much we loved doing the Challenge," says Lily. "The finance side has really helped us with our course. It makes it a lot easier for us."

Charlotte adds: "I'd never even heard about business before the Challenge and being a part of that has really opened new doors and different opportunities now.

"It's helped with other classes too, because in different subjects I have to create a presentation and present it in front of the class. It's really given me confidence to do that."

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