Everton’s quest to win this season’s Premier League Enterprise Challenge began in earnest recently as the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp, looked on with great interest.
Cllr Kemp was joined in Goodison Park’s Alex Young Suite by Everton Free School Principal Phillip Duffy, representatives from Coleg Cambria, as well a number of local businesses including Navy Reservists, Purple Tie Promotions, Mersey Youth Support Trust and Rhea Fennell Ltd.
The Club’s official catering partners, Sodexo, were also in attendance.
A number of teams from each of the Free School sites, its Sixth Form, Everton in the Community’sKicks programme and an Apprenticeship team put a number of their plans together with a view to representing the Blues February’s regional semi-finals at Old Trafford stadium before hopefully going to the March’s final, which will be held in London.
Last year’s Everton participants delivered their verdict of their competition before offering advice on how to present and project ideas when reaching the judging stages.
Cllr Kemp then gave a final address to the participants and audience. Speaking of the initiative and the task ahead she said:
“To see so many wonderful ideas being projected by these young people at Everton really showcases what talent we have within the city. I am really looking forward to seeing these ideas grow and wish them luck for the Premier League Enterprise Challenge next year.”
“I can’t wait to see the winning team represent this club in the final stages,” added Principal Duffy. “Whoever is selected, I am safe in the knowledge that Everton will have a team to be proud of.
“At Everton Free School we always preach expression and encourage the students to be creative and the Premier League Enterprise Challenge provides them with the perfect platform.”
The Enterprise Challenge is the highlight of the Premier League Enterprise Academy, and is run together with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The initiative uses the knowledge of football clubs to engage youngsters in enterprise and business activities. By the end of the campaign, it is estimated that more than 90,000 young people will have been engaged by the scheme since its inception in 2008.