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PL Enterprise aiming to build on positive debut

After a successful debut year, the Community Trust’s Premier League Enterprise Project returns for a second season, building on the achievements of the first 10 courses.

Working with over 200 young people in schools across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend, Premier League Enterprise was a big hit throughout the 14/15 season with students working to improve their business, literacy and numeracy skills, as well as developing abilities such as team work, public speaking and negotiation.

By the end of the project’s first year in business, each student had spent a total of 20 hours working towards completing the course, with 66% of students stating that they felt their confidence was boosted, as well as over 60% saying that the project had led them to raise their aspirations and ambitions.

“I’ve improved loads in maths and I’ve had higher marks in assessments,” said one of the participants from Llangatwg Community School.

It’s not just pupils who are fans of the project however, as teachers also see the benefits to their schools.

“The programme has been a great success,” said Steve Clarke, Assistant Head Teacher at Morriston Comprehensive. “We identified pupils that had become disengaged prior to starting the project and during the course we have noticed an increase of confidence and attitude.

“Many of those pupils become reengaged with other subjects as a result,” he continued.

The project’s second year will aim to build on this success and the number of schools that the project is working with is increasing from six to 10. This will allow PL Enterprise to work with a total of 500 people over the course of the year and those involved are eager to kick off the second season.

“It was a privilege to work with so many enthusiastic young people last year and to see such positive change in their lives,” said Graham Smith, the Enterprise Coordinator for the Community Trust. “I hope that 2015/16 will be an even better year for Premier League Enterprise as we develop the project and move into new schools across the region,” he added.

In addition to these developments within the project, the scheme now has an extra pair of hands to get involved in the sessions in the form of midfielder, Jonjo Shelvey, who has become Swansea’s Premier League Enterprise player ambassador.

Much like the Swans first team, the Trust’s Premier League Enterprise project goes from strength to strength and we hope that with each new season, we will be able to reach and develop more young people within the community.

For more information on the project, please contact Graham Smith on 07469 158112 or email him at Graham@SCFCCommunityTrust.co.uk


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