Winning team through to play-offs

The annual Premier League Enterprise Challenge got underway at Stamford Bridge last month, with Fulham College Boys School chosen to represent Chelsea at the regional play-offs of the competition.

The Enterprise Challenge is a national competition that pits teams of 13 to 15-year-old students from each Premier League club against each other. They prepare business proposals and presentations to a brief set by Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

Teams from five local schools took part in the Chelsea Foundation heats, presenting their ideas to a selection of judges from the club, with the ‘Chelsea Reps’ from Fulham College Boys School impressing the panel and earning the right to represent the club at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium on January 24 in the regional play-offs.

Having been chosen as winners following a highly-competitive pitching process, the students will now compete against their peers representing other Premier League clubs from London and the South-East for a place in National Final.

Chelsea Foundation schools education manager Sam Gaskin-Kemp said: ‘As with previous years the Enterprise Challenge is a fantastic programme. The students took part in workshop sessions to support them with their own presentations for their final pitches and were excellent at the final event.

‘Students were tasked with creating a business plan to meet the objectives of a challenge set by Richard Scudamore. The students presented their pitches to a panel of judges and the judges selected the best team to go forward and represent Chelsea at the PLEC regional finals.

‘Last year’s challenge was quite a hard one, but as always the students rose to the challenge and put forward some very exciting and innovative ideas. 

‘We were impressed with all of the presentations and the judges had a difficult time choosing the final team to go through. This programme provides a great learning opportunity for all of the participants to develop their skills while learning more about the business of Chelsea FC. We look forward to working with our winning team.’

The Premier Enterprise Challenge was not the only event to take place in December with Stamford Bridge also playing host to the final event of the Foundation’s Premier League Writing Stars competition, linked to the national PLPS Writing Stars Competition.

As part of our ongoing Premier League Primary Stars work, 25 children and their parents visited the Bridge just before Christmas for an end-of-term celebration with prizes awarded to those who had written the best poems about the importance of resilience, competition and presentation

The day consisted of a workshop then a performance of the poems with some pupils chosen to become Chelsea FC PL Primary Stars Champions. Parents and carers also attended the event and had the opportunity to find out more about the PLPS programme and support their children with their performance. Children were also encouraged to enter their entries into the national PLPS Writing Stars competition via their schools and through the PLPS website.