Vale Premier League Enterprise Challenge Triumph
The Vale team beat rivals from several different schools in the local area to win the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust Premier League Enterprise Challenge this month.
The Premier League Enterprise programme aims to reduce underachievement and improve educational outcomes to help address the skills gap and prepare young people for the world of work.
The challenge gives young people of secondary school age the chance to work with their local professional football clubs on an actual football business challenge set by Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore.
Darwen Vale has enjoyed huge success in the challenge in recently, representing Rovers three out of the last four years. Located only a mile away from Ewood Park, the Vale team wowed the judges with an idea focused on helping improve the home match day experience for Blackburn Rovers supporters.
The Academy team will now go on to represent Blackburn Rovers in the next stage of challenge against other professional football clubs, which will be based at Anfield, the home of Premier League side Liverpool.
If Vale progress past the next stage, they will be one of six schools that will head to London for the final where they will pitch their idea in a bid to win the challenge outright.
Last year, 30 professional clubs participated in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge, with up to 100 schools and 600 young people taking part.
Picture and story courtesy of Blackburn Rovers FC Community Trust