THE Premier League Enterprise Challenge is a national competition with 30 Premier League and Football League clubs participating.
The competition is launched in September with selected schools in the city.
A team from each school works to produce a business idea to meet the challenge set by Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore. The teams are then invited to the stadium to take part in a club heat where they pitch their idea “Dragons' Den” style to a panel of Stoke City judges.
The winning team then goes on to represent Stoke City FC in the regional play-off in competition with four other clubs for the right to compete in the final in London.
The challenge is open to students that have completed or are currently participating in the Premier League Enterprise Core Programme.
In 2016, teams from Blythe Bridge High School, Biddulph High School and St Thomas More Catholic Academy competed at the club heat for the right to represent the club. St Thomas More were declared winners and went on to represent the club brilliantly against Leicester City, Watford, Swansea and Sunderland in regional play-off at the bet365 Stadium.
2017 saw teams from Biddulph High School, Endon High School, Leek High School, Excel Academy and Ormiston Meridian Academy battle it out at the club heat with the team from Biddulph High School going to do the club proud in the regional play-off at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.
The Premier League Enterprise challenge was a fantastic opportunity for our students. The group had not worked together beforehand and formed a lasting friendship. One student, in particular, grew in confidence and was able to confidently stand up and present in front of a room of people in the regional finals. He was a quiet young man and his self-assurance is now noticed around school. It was a fantastic opportunity for him and he loved the experience.Mrs St Clair, Head of Business (Biddulph High School)