Local schools impress at PL Enterprise Challenge
The Swans Community Trust’s Premier League Enterprise project last night hosted the local heat of the annual PL Enterprise Challenge that sees local schools compete to win the chance of representing the Club in the next round.
Pitching to a panel of esteemed judges were two teams from Pentrehafod School and Llangatwg Community School, with the former making it through to the Regional Heat.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s winning team from Pentrehafod this year’s young entrepreneurs captivated the judges with their business plan aimed at increasing the Club’s international fan base in the USA.
Pitching the idea of an App specifically for the US market, as well as a pre-season tour and travel packages to bring American fans to Swansea, Pentrehafod saw off stiff competition from Llangatwg who impressed with their ‘United Swans of America’ marketing campaign.
In attendance last night were first team goal keeper, Lukasz Fabianski and Club Ambassador Lee Trundle, as well as Swansea East’s MP Carolyn Harris, who all spoke to the teams to praise both the project, as well as their hard work and determination that has seen them get this far in the competition.
“I’m very impressed by the project because when I was growing up, we didn’t have anything like this that helped young people in business,” said the shot stopper when addressing the group.
Graham Smith, our PL Enterprise Co-ordinator added, “Both teams deserve a huge amount of credit for their ideas and presentations. They worked incredibly hard and I know the panel were very impressed. I want to thank the panel for sharing their expertise with the teams and giving up their time to support the Swans Community Trust in this project. I'd also like to thank Carolyn Harris for coming back from Westminster to talk to, and inspire, the groups.I’m really looking forward to seeing how the Pentrehafod pupils get on in the next round.”
“The pupils were overwhelmed at winning the competition, especially against such an excellent pitch from Llangatwg,” said Chris John from Pentrehafod School. “They were very pleased that the effort, research and team work paid off. They’re excited to represent the Swans in the Regional Final and are looking forward to stepping up their game.”
The Pentrehafod team – made up of Cameron Finch, Mahir Uddin, Natasha Rix, Ffion Brady and Molly Howells - will now advance to the Regionals that will witness teams representing other clubs from the Premier and Football Leagues go head to head to win a place at the Final held in London.
To find out more about PL Enterprise, please email Graham@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk