LionHeart Challenge meets Smith’s Wood Sports College

LH1Report by Holly Rowley

The LionHeart Challenge is a National Enterprise Programme, which involves school students partaking in a high energy, and high impact business challenge, delivered by extremely skilled and dedicated business coaches.

The LionHeart Challenge offered their knowledgeable skills and services to the Year 9 students of Smith’s Wood Sports College, on 23 January. The programme is designed to help the students learn and develop various skills, ranging from planning and presentation to finance and marketing.

Pamela O’Connor a consultant from The LionHeart Challenge stated “the programme is a really good introduction to the work place” she went on to say “it allows the students to use their transferable skills, as it requires knowledge from the STEM agenda (Science, Technology, English and Maths), and students have found the programme very useful”.

Reducing youth crime

The programme is funded by West Midlands Police, and the focal theme of the workshop is reducing the issue of youth crime. The students were required to work within teams to produce an innovative product, or service, to help prevent and reduce youth crime. Following the decision of their most effective idea, the students were asked to review, analyse, and assess, their chosen product or service, acknowledging areas such as finance and marketing.

After the students had assembled the necessary information needed for their product, they were required to present their chosen idea to a panel of judges. The judges awarded several teams with certificates based on the uniqueness, and creativity of their product. The most innovative and imaginative USP and the most detailed financial and marketing plan.  PC Andy Bullman voiced “it’s great to see the students so engaged with this task, and developing such useful skills which will help them in the world of work”.

“Developed my confidence”

The response we received from the students was exceedingly positive. Students have stated:

  • “This workshop has helped me to develop my communication skills and confidence” – Summer
  •  “I found the finance section most interesting because I have never done a profit and loss account or a balance sheet so it was interesting to learn about this” – Josh
  • “I’ve found this task very useful because it has developed my team working skills” – Kiera

The LionHeart Challenge programme will continue to visit schools around the nation, helping to enhance and develop student’s skills and knowledge.