The JCB Academy competed for the second consecutive year in

The National Enterprise Challenge, with a team called ‘Fruity Feet’.

STUDENTS from The JCB Academy competed for the second consecutive year in The National Enterprise Challenge.

The National Enterprise Challenge is an inter-school competition, aimed to develop student’s communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

Students compete in small teams on a number of different business and enterprise tasks, culminating in a ‘Dragons Den’ style presentation at the end of the day.

Representatives from The National Enterprise Challenge judged the presentations and announced a winning team from Year 10 students participating in the day.

‘Fruity Feet’ were selected as the winning team and will now progress to the National Final of the TNEC competition, facing the winning teams from other schools from across the UK.

Fruity Feet team members were Lily Greenhill from Stone, Tom Dee from Uttoxeter, Kameran Lynch from Derby, Laura Barker, from Derby, Sam Jones from Burton-on-Trent and James Whiston from Rugeley. All of the students are aged 14.

Fruity Feet said, “The National Enterprise challenge allowed us to develop both our communication and teamwork skills; it gave us the opportunity to be creative and see how ideas start within a business.

“We cannot wait to take our idea to the National Enterprise Final where we will have the opportunity to share our idea with the Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis.”

The JCB Academy, which takes students from across the region including the Staffordshire Moorlands, was crowned the first ever winners of the national title, ‘The Most Enterprising School’ at the 2012-13 final held at the Troxy Theatre, London, presented by Lord Sugar.

The TNEC team said about their visit to The JCB Academy: “In a nutshell you can understand why The JCB Academy won ‘The Most Entrepreneurial School’.

“The students used both their business and engineering knowledge to create brilliant ideas. The students are a pleasure to the academy and have set the standards high for the rest of the schools who will take part over the coming months.

“I am very happy for ‘Fruity Feet’ and I wish them the best of luck in the final.”

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