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Youngsters representing the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust narrowly miss out on the Final

10 January 2018

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Darwen Vale High School proudly represented Blackburn Rovers Community Trust in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge regional play-offs at Liverpool Football Club on Wednesday.

Darwen, who earned the right to represent Rovers after winning the club heat at Ewood Park last December, went up against five other clubs in a bid to reach the national final in London later in the year.

The objective of the day was for all six teams to pitch their idea based on helping diverse their club's fan base, with Darwen Vale's plan focused on having a multi-cultural stand at Ewood Park.

The five students representing Rovers pitched their idea to an onlooking audience and a panel of judges including Premier League director of communications Emma Wilkinson and Sam Shave from Sport Relief, who officially support the Enterprise Challenge.

Rovers faced off against Bolton Wanderers, Blackpool, Sunderland, Manchester City and Wigan Athletic. Darwen Vale narrowly missed out on winning the competition, despite their fantastic efforts, with Wigan moving onto the final round in London.

The day was far from over for participating students, as they all took part in a EY Future Skills Workshop and went on a ground tour of one of the most iconic stadiums in world football, Anfield. 

Proud of the students efforts, Rovers' Premier League Enterprise co-ordiantor Liam Beford said: "It has been a fantastic day and experience for all of the students.

"They have worked so hard on this project for a good eight weeks now and they came so close to advancing to the next round.

"There idea was well thought out and they came up against five other schools, all with excellent ideas of their own and it was a tight call for the judges to make.

"We are proud of how far they have come and I am sure they will take a lot away from the experience of planning and pitching a business proposal."


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