SKILFUL football players from Felpham Community College are flying high with the Seagulls.
The four students from Years 9 and 10 will represent Brighton and Hove Albion FC in the regional heats of a competition to find ways of encouraging 18-23 year olds to attend its football matches.
They will be spending the next few weeks working together to produce a proper business plan for their ideas and polishing their presentation which won them the Sussex stage of the contest.
Gill Woodman, the college’s careers co-ordinator, said: “They will be competing against the winning teams from Fulham, Southampton, Chelsea and Arsenal.”
Two teams of students from the college went to the Amex Community Stadium, Brighton’s home ground, to present their entry for the Premier League enterprise competition. Both teams spent three weeks researching what 18-23 year olds like to spend their money on, how they find out about activities and what sort of incentives attract them. They had to present their entry to six judges and were up against eight rivals.
Year 9 winning team member Chloe Juniper said the course taught them about resilience, communication, team work and financial capability.
“As a team, we are all looking forward to the next stage of the competition and feel really proud that we have got this far,” she said.
Ms Woodman added: “Both teams worked really hard on their entries and this showed with their presentations.
“The winning team came up with the idea of an event on the beach for 1,000 people, with music and food outlets, a chance to train with and meet the players and a loyalty card that would give them discounts or free tickets for matches for collecting loyalty stamps.”