Priceless enterprise experience

Fulham College Boys’ School travelled to Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium last month to represent the Chelsea Foundation at the Premier League Enterprise Challenge Regional Finals.

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.

Having won the heat stage at Stamford Bridge, Fulham College Boys’ School got the chance to represent the Blues on the South Coast and pitch their idea of engaging young females through football and non-football activities.

Qualification to the National Final was not to be for the youngsters from Fulham but that did not dampen the priceless experience gained by the pupils.

Student Adam Alasadi said: 'I have enjoyed working with my team as one, and producing a great presentation which showed us working to the best of our ability. We have learned so much.

‘I have learnt so much about myself and Chelsea too! I just want to thank the Foundation for giving me the opportunity to be involved!' 

The Enterprise Challenge has been delivered by the Premier League and Football League clubs since 2008.

In total there were youngsters from 31 clubs competing in this year’s challenge with the focus on creating initiatives to encourage diversity and make going to a match the most enjoyable experience.

Chelsea Foundation schools education manager Sam Gaskin-Kemp said: ‘The Chelsea representatives gave a fantastic account of themselves at the regional finals. 

‘Sadly we didn’t win and were pipped to the post by Swansea who presented an idea about working with autistic fans - but their presentation and commitment was excellent and they did the club proud.’