Winning teams from over 200 schools descended onto Wembley Stadium on the 10th of July 2019 for the 8th annual National Enterprise Challenge Grand Final in partnership with UCFB!
The Grand Final took place on the 10th of July and was attended by schools from across the country, from as far North as Tyneside and as far South West as Plymouth. Hosted by Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely, who were joined on stage by Brand Ambassador Theo Paphitis, the day was a highly enjoyable celebration of skills and enterprise.
The challenge, which has been delivered to over 250,000 young people since 2013, is the largest of its kind in the UK and saw the students compete in a real-life business challenge set by or the University Campus of Football Business (UCFB), where they had to design a new mascot or create an event or competitions to increase female participation in football.
Mr Wells, a Business Studies Teacher from Plume Academy in Essex had the following to say about the day:
“This was the first time I have attended the finals with my school and I couldn’t be more impressed. Just wow! This has truly been my favourite day in my career so far! To see the quality of the presentations was a privilege. But also how our group performed the way they did, their enthusiasm afterwards and general happiness was truly amazing to see. Even though they did not get through to the final 10.
I thought they would naturally be disappointed, which they were for a short time. But the final presentations were so brilliantly organised, they completely got on board and were self-evaluating their performance as the presentations went on. The journey home they were talking about how much they enjoyed the day and what they would do next time to ensure success. Which to me was fantastic to see.
I could go on, but I would just like to say, thank you for having us at the finals. It was an amazingly planned day, which the kids will remember for a long time to come. Truly brilliant job!”
Challenge ambassador and ex-‘Dragon’ Theo Paphitis said, “Some of the best pitches I have ever seen have been part of The National Enterprise Challenge, over the years they have been even better than the ones I saw in ‘the Den!’ The challenge is a great way for kids to learn vital business skills.”
Commenting on the challenge co-founder Ben Dyer said ‘The challenge aims to develop the core enterprise skills needed for the world of work including collaboration, communication and leadership. Each year the finals is our showpiece and we were delighted that thanks to our partnership with UCFB we were able to welcome the students to the iconic Wembley Stadium’.
The highlights gallery from the day can be found here: TNEC Wembley 2019
The winning teams were:
KS3 Challenge – Newport Girl’s High School, Shropshire – Ray the Fox
KS4 UCFB Challenge – Chesham Grammar School, Buckinghamshire – Girls Get Goals
Most Enterprising School – Burton Borough School, also of Shropshire
Most Enterprising Teacher – Mr C. Barth, Holy Trinity School, Worcestershire
KS3 Most Enterprising Boy – Mikey Blair – Priory Academy, Bedfordshire
KS3 Most Enterprising Girl – Poppy Roper – Campsmount Academy, Doncaster
KS4 Most Enterprising Boy – Lewis Gooding – Woodlands School, Essex
KS4 Most Enterprising Girl – Abigail Painter – Sir William Stanier, Cheshire