Pupils get involved in the business of football

Ballyclare Secondary Schools pupils who are taking part in the Irish FA's enterprise programme.
Ballyclare Secondary Schools pupils who are taking part in the Irish FA's enterprise programme.
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The Irish FA recently launched the second year of the Association’s enterprise programme.

Ballyclare Secondary and Monkstown Community School have signed up to take part in this groundbreaking three-year project which is aimed at 15 to 16 year-olds and uses 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.

Funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and run by the IFA, the partnership has been extended with Invest Northern Ireland coming onboard for the second year of the programme.

In addition to developing and creating a Northern Ireland product; the pupils also receive a number of enterprise and football related workshops on sales, marketing, manufacturing and business administration.

Pupils are 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. ne overall winner is then selected and receives a grant to produce and sell 100 of the winning products in their school for school funds.