St Joseph’s College based in Coalisland have been successful in winning the third year of our Enterprise Challenge.
Our ground breaking three year Enterprise Project was aimed at 15-16 year-olds and used football to engage students on key business and enterprise awareness, from innovation and product design, to sales and marketing, to physically developing prototypes for the programme.
The project was funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and Invest Northern Ireland through the Irish FA. We created and delivered on helping pupils in developing and creating a Northern Ireland product; the pupils also received a number of enterprise and football related workshops on sales, marketing, manufacturing and business administration. Pupils were then asked to present their product to three dragons from the world of business and marketing in a Dragons Den situation; with one winner chosen from each school. One overall winner was then selected and will receive a grant to produce and sell 100 of the winning products in their school for school funds.
The third year of this initiative proved to be very successful with St Joseph’s College winning the overall award. The team from Coalisland designed innovative slippers called ‘NightWalkers’ that are designed to help young children navigate their way at home in the darkness of night.
In total, 76 schools took part in the Project over the 3 year period; this involved educating over 4000 students on enterprise and entrepreneurship using football as the vehicle for delivery.