Foundation represented at Premier League Enterprise event

A group of students from La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls’ School represented Chelsea FC Foundation at this year’s Premier League Enterprise Challenge play-offs at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium earlier this week.

Four students from the London-based school made the trip to the Amex Stadium after being selected to represent the Foundation at a local club heat held at Stamford Bridge before Christmas.

The Premier League (PL) Enterprise Challenge, run in partnership with Comic Relief, is the national competition element of the Premier League’s Enterprise programme which began in 2008 and aims to inspire young people to engage positively in education, develop important life skills and raise awareness of the world of work.

The group of students, along with their counterparts from Arsenal, Brighton, Fulham and Southampton, were set a business-related task and asked to come up with initiatives to engage with supporters aged 18-23.

The La Retraite pupils delivered an engaging, entertaining and modern-day business plan and although they were edged out by hosts Albion in the Community, Carl Southwell, enterprise and employability manager at the Foundation, spoke about his delight at the effort and commitment from the students.

He said: ‘The girls from La Retraite delivered a real modern approach to the problem set, using technology and guidance from Chelsea.

‘They delivered a superb presentation that really sold the idea, engaged the judges and brought the idea to life.

‘It was a pleasure to see how they developed as people as well how they developed the idea.

‘They will be part of our ongoing crusade to deliver education in enterprise and technology in our own innovative way.’

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