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Benfield School Takes On Enterprise Challenge

Four Year 9 pupils from Benfield School travelled to Stoke this week to represent Newcastle United Foundation in the play offs of the national Premier League Enterprise Challenge. 

The girls; Amie, Amy, Aaliyah and Levi had already seen off competition from their classmates and pupils from two other schools, to represent the club at this stage of the competition where they competed against pupils representing other charitable foundations from across the country.

The girls worked with Newcastle United Foundation staff to develop an idea that will promote the Premier League and the club in America which will encourage American fans to visit England and watch a match. 

The girls decided to forge links with Seattle after Newcastle United defender, DeAndre Yedlin, supported their idea and recorded a video message that was used in the girl’s presentation. 

After the presentations the team answered questions from the judging panel who, at the end of the day, announced the team from Derby County as the group that would progress to the next stage.

Aaleyha said: “I have loved working with Newcastle United Foundation and also working with my group as we have worked well together and came up with some great ideas as a team.’

The Premier League Enterprise Challenge has provided one of the group in particular, 13 year old Amie, with a great opportunity to get involved with football through education. 

She said; ‘My favourite hobby is football! I am football crazy and I also play for football for Newcastle East. I loved it when I found out that we were working with Newcastle United Foundation.  I have learnt loads of new things and loved performing our presentations.’

Gareth Williams, Enterprise Project Officer at Newcastle United Foundation said: “The team worked incredibly hard to get this far and presented brilliantly in the play off. We are really proud of how much effort they put in to the project.  We’d also like to thank DeAndre for taking the time to support the project – it was massively appreciated.”

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