STUDENTS are on the road to Wembley after being crowned regional winners of the Real Business Challenge.
Horndean Technology College won the regional section of the Coca-Cola Enterprises Real Business Challenge and will now compete at Wembley Stadium in the finals.
A group of Year 10 students went to Brighton’s American Express Community Stadium to take part in the national competition and returned victorious.
The Real Business Challenge is an annual event which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year.
It looks to inspire and discover the business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future, and is designed to give students genuine business experience, equipping them with some of the skills and attributes needed in the work place.
This year 560 schools across the UK took part with 10 making it to the finals.
The students from Horndean were successful with their campaign to raise awareness and support for Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) which Coca-Cola is working with this year.
Ian Stannard, business teacher at Horndean Technology College, said: ‘I am so thrilled that the students are through to the Real Business Challenge final.
‘I am even more proud that it is entirely their work and initiative that won this for them and in such a pressurised environment’
At the regional event, the students were able to work with, and get advice from, Coca-Cola Enterprise professionals.
They helped the youngsters develop their business ideas before they were presented to a panel of judges.
The teams’ scores were based on their enterprise skills which included creativity, leadership, teamwork and their presentation.
John Burton, senior manager at CCE, said: ‘The Real Business Challenge allows students to experience the world of business first-hand. It has been a fantastic day and I was incredibly impressed with the quality, creativity and maturity of the schools and their teams.’
The Real Business Challenge is part of CCE education programme, The Real Experience. It looks to provide an insight as to how business investment in education can achieve real benefits for all involved.
The Real Business Challenge final takes place on March 6 at Wembley Stadium.