PL Enterprise Challenge returns to Selhurst Park

On Wednesday 28 November, schools from across south London will battle it out to win the chance to represent Palace in the heats of the Premier League Enterprise Challenge (PL Enterprise Challenge).

The PL Enterprise Challenge is the national competition element of the Premier League’s enterprise programme which began in 2009 and which is run in partnership with Sport Relief. The Challenge sees Year 9 and 10 students set a football business-related task by Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore.

Carshalton High School for Girls presenting at the PL Enterprise Challenge

Pupils from Carshalton High School at the 2017/18 PL Enterprise Challenge

This year, pupils have been asked to design a business which will increase the engagement of young fans aged 18-23. The Foundation has been working with a number of schools to prepare for this including:

– The Charter School
– Harris Crystal Palace
– Coloma Convent Girls’ School
– Meridian High School
– St Thomas the Apostle
– Carshalton High School
– Forest Hill School

One of the judges confirmed for the night is international broadcaster and foreign correspondent, Saima Mohsin, a Palace fan who grew up in South Norwood who also took part last season. Two of the other judges will be Barry Webber, Commercial Director at Crystal Palace F.C. and Wealth Manager Paul Coen.

Judges at the PL Enterprise Challenge deliberating after seeing the presentations

Saima Mohsin and judges deliberate at the 2017/18 PL Enterprise Challenge

As part of the Challenge, each football club delivers heats to select a representative team, who then attend one of six regional “play-offs”.

The winners of each play-off get the chance to representative their club in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge Final pitching their business idea to a panel of experts from the sport and business world.

In the 2017/18 challenge, 31 clubs engaged 140 schools with 900 young people taking part. The Charter School in Dulwich won the heats and represented Palace at St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton.