Published: 11 April 2017
South Liverpool Homes (SLH) joined forces with Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA) on Thursday 6 April to sponsor students taking part in the LionHeart Challenge, a day of high-energy business and enterprise activities devised by Field Lockhart Associates.
Over 100 Year 9 students from the South Liverpool secondary school were divided into ten teams and completed various business and enterprise challenges throughout the day, assisted by top business coaches. The teams were judged by South Liverpool Homes Enterprise Manager Joe Cummings, Leon Tootle, Labour Councillor for Speke-Garston, Mark Ord from Speke Training and Education Centre (STEC) and Lisa Mairah from the School for Social Entrepreneurs North West.
Councillor Nick Small, Assistant Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills was on hand to present the prize to the winning team and spoke to students after the event. Councillor Small said, “I am delighted to announce the overall winners of the challenge and the students have shown great social entrepreneurial spirit.”
ESLA Assistant Headteacher Andrea St John was delighted with the students’ performance on the day and said: “As part of our dedicated future Gateway Programme we feel that social enterprise is an integral part of developing students’ employability skills.
“The LionHeart Challenge provided the perfect hands-on experience for year nine. They seized every opportunity to demonstrate skills in decision making, problem solving, finance and team work. Thank you to SLH for sponsoring this unique and valued opportunity”.
South Liverpool Homes sponsorship of the event is the latest example of the housing association working in partnership with ESLA, having helped to coordinate an enterprise and training event at the school in May 2016.