St Illtyd's Catholic High School finished runners-up after battling it out against schools representing other Premier League Clubs including the likes of Liverpool and Watford in the play-off round at Molineux. 

Each team presented their business ideas to a judging panel that included the likes of Head of HR at the Premier League Cat Paterson, Aaron Hamilton, Funding Officer at #iwill, Phoebe Lill from Comic Relief and Scott Ward from Ernst & Young, before taking part in workshops put on by the Premier League and EY and being treated to a tour of the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Ruth Fry, Year 10 Progress Leader at St Illtyds CHS said: "This competition has really brought out the best in the boys, they now feel confident in public speaking and they've done themselves and the school proud." 

Joel Hexter, one of the participants and student at St Illtyds said: "I've really enjoyed working with Cardiff City FC Foundation on our business plan this year. I can say that it's definitely helped me progress as an individual and I'm so grateful for this opportunity." 

The team labelled as 'Bluebirds Bus' reached the play-off stage after competing with five other groups to produce a business plan that would engage with young football fans between the ages of 18-23 and entice them to watch football matches live, rather than at home. 

The students from St Illtyd's presented their plans in the Cardiff City Club heat, to BBC TV and Radio Presenter Jason Mohammad, Cardiff City FC Foundation Marketing & Communications Coordinator Huw Day and Cardiff City FC Fan Engagement Manager & Club TV Presenter, Amy McNiven.

Team 'Bluebirds Bus' proposed a well thought out business plan, identifying where to spend time, human capital and money. The strategic plan had many impressive areas including a promotional campaign as well as demonstrating a return on investment. 

Cardiff City FC Community Foundation and the Premier League Enterprise Challenge aims to inspire young people to engage positively in education. 

You can find out more about the education programmes we run, here.