Seven pupils from the Wapping Irons, a West Ham United representative team from Wapping High School, have won their play-off in the prestigious national Premier League Enterprise Challenge.
Competing last Thursday at the Emirates Stadium against other schools representing Clubs including QPR, Norwich City, Crystal Palace and Fulham, the talented youngsters presented a business plan showcasing their ideas for promoting West Ham United football club to the US market.
Now in its ninth year, the Premier League Enterprise Challenge is joint-funded by the Premier League and Sport Relief and supported by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It uses the backdrop of professional football clubs' business models to deliver enterprise education to inspire young people and increase their aspirations and skills.
"The competition helped us to get a grasp of what business is in the real world. I enjoyed being part of a team and knowing that our decisions and ideas could potentially make a difference," said Sade Harris, a Year 9 pupil from Wapping High School.
Timothy Lukwago, Premier League Enterprise Coordinator, said," Working with the young people on the challenge has been an incredible experience. I have seen change in their confidence as well as improvements in a range of other skills. The announcement of their win made me incredibly proud and excited to move on to the next stage of the challenge."
Karin Rowsell, Headteacher of Wapping High, said, "We are immensely proud of the hard work our pupils have put in. The way that the Premier League Enterprise Challenge fosters business and enterprise expertise in the local community chimes exactly with how we develop our pupils' life skills at Wapping High."
The story isn't over yet for the group: for the fourth consecutive year, West Ham United Foundation will have a representative in the prestigious PL Enterprise finals, due to be held at Ernst and Young in March.