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23 January 2019

Scott is a former pupil of the school and was part of the team that reached the national final of the competition in 2015.

  • Hawkley Hall to represent Latics at national business event this week.
  • Scott took part in the competition in 2015 when a student at the school. 
  • Latics are the current holders of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge.

Ahead of Thursday’s Premier League Enterprise Challenge regional final at Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson and U18s captain Scott Smith visited Hawkley Hall High School to deliver a support session to students representing Latics.

The school were named local winners of the competition at the DW Stadium before Christmas and will now present their ideas of how to attract more 18-23 year olds to watch Wigan Athletic home fixtures to a panel of expert judges with the aim of reaching the national final later in the year.

A former pupil of the school, Scott studied the Enterprise programme with Wigan Athletic Community Trust in 2015, reaching the national final of the competition with fellow students in London four years ago.

Scott said: “I came along with Jonathan just to support the students really and to pass on my experiences of the competition to them. I know exactly what they’re going through right now so being able to offer advice and guidance to them will hopefully benefit them on Thursday.

He added: “I had a great time studying the Enterprise Challenge and getting to the national final with my school is a memory I'll always cherish. I picked up so many different and valuable skills on the programme because I wasn’t a very confident person back then, so it definitely helped to mould me as a student and take a real interest in a subject that involved football.”

The challenge – a competition which sees hundreds of students from schools across the United Kingdom respond to a football business task set by Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore – was won last year by Lathom High School who were representing Latics.

Jonathan said: “We’re really proud to be the current holders of the competition and were delighted for Lathom High School last season who did an outstanding job, but it’s Hawkley Hall’s turn to do us proud this time and we’re all hoping that they’ll be successful this week.”

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

Please email Adam Sherratt at or call 01942 318090 for information about the Community Trust’s Enterprise programme.

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