Kidderminster Students Crowned National Enterprise National Champions

Students at Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster are celebrating after being crowned National Champions of the National Enterprise ‘Take A Stand Challenge’ event at Wembley on Wednesday 1st December.

In association with UCFB and Kick It Out Campaign, the focus was on racism in football with Holy Trinity’s students competing against hundreds of other school teams from across the UK, before being selected as one of just four schools nationally to go forward to the final from the pre-judging rounds.

Holy Trinity’s Enterprise and Business teacher, Chris Barth, explained: “The students were asked to reflect on the personal stories of several former professional players’ experiences and describe the racism, prejudice and discrimination within the game, before then creating a ‘Manifesto for Change’ and highlighting the key changes they would like to see within the sport and wider society, and then going on to develop a promotional campaign or educational programme that would help to address one of these key issues affecting black players and coaches.”

Holy Trinity’s Year 10 team of Oskar Hyams, Daniel Shearn, Idia Beard and Martha Green presented their “Grassroots Against Racism” campaign which focused on ways of educating young players at a grassroots level about the issues of racism in football, as well as designing a 5-year action plan that would see welfare officers assigned to clubs all over the country.

Commended by the judges for their idea and how the scheme would develop over a period of time, they also praised the team on their enterprise and marketing skills relating to branding and their use of social media to promote their campaign effectively, before the judges then went on to declare Holy Trinity overall winner having ticked all key areas announcing Holy Trinity as Challenge Winners and National Champions.

Mr Barth added: “This is a fantastic achievement for both the students involved and the school.
“Holy Trinity at a local level over the years has had immense success in Enterprise competitions, but to win a national award is testament to how hard the students have worked on this project and how the school highly values Enterprise education.”