BUDDING entrepreneurs from a secondary school in Tameside are set to outline their ground-breaking plans to improve the match day experience of football supporters, when they go before a panel of experts in Westminster on Tuesday.
The pupils, from West Hill High School, in Stalybridge, came up with a number of ideas to improve customer service on match days as part of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge.
They have developed ideas for flashcards to help supporters for whom English is a second language, e-tickets that could be sent directly to mobile phones and for family pub style food outlets at football grounds.
After presenting their ground-breaking plans before a Dragon’s Den style panel of judges, the boys have won a place in the final of the prestigious competition, which will be held at the Westminster Conference Centre on Tuesday (November 13).
On Thursday Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds called-in to the school, on Stamford Street, to wish the boys luck ahead of the final.
After talking to the team, he said: “The pupils at West Hill have come up with some really original ideas to improve the match-day experience of football supporters – and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to wish them luck.
“Their work shows real insight into needs and expectations of customers and their work includes practical solutions that could improve the match-day experience for thousands of football supporters every week.
“Their project extends beyond the traditional curriculum and it clearly enables pupils to develop confidence, presentation skills and the ability to work well as a team, which will not only help them in school – but outside school too.
“The competition has provided them with an exciting opportunity and I am pleased that they have taken full advantage of this valuable experience.”
This is the fourth year that the Premier League has run the competition, which is open to teams of pupils from years 9 to 11, as part of its Creating Chances initiative.
In the first stage of the competition the teams had to earn the right to represent a local football club, in West Hill’s case that was Manchester City. They then travelled to Newcastle to compete in the Northern semi-final, where they had to submit detailed summaries of their ideas - before presenting a five-minute pitch to a Dragon’s Den style judging panel.
West Hilll is one of six schools that will battle it out in the national final, in London, on Tuesday.
Published Friday 9 November, 2012.