Pop stars lend a hand to help pupils scoop top prize

WINNERS From left, Kyle Eayres, George Harris, Robert Carnell and Samuel Burrow with Linvoy Primus.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122026-3)

WINNERS From left, Kyle Eayres, George Harris, Robert Carnell and Samuel Burrow with Linvoy Primus. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122026-3)

Supervisor Emily Moore, left, and deputy supervisor Becky Lansley, back right, with children from Hambledon Pre-School getting ready for their Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children

Tots are getting ready to splash in muddy puddles

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THEIR efforts secured the backing of megastars Muse and Ed Sheeran.

Now these budding entrapreneurs will jet off to India for the trip of a lifetime after winning Faith and Football’s Social Enterprise and Business Challenge.

Portchester Community School pupils George Harris, Robert Carnell, Samuel Burrows, and Kyle Eayres, all 14, brushed off strong competition from 12 other schools across the region to grab first prize.

In their team – called The Genesis Project – they created their own record label and contacted top pop stars to provide tracks for a unique CD.

Young George contacted a variety of acts, including Courtney Love and Noel Gallagher, and was blown over by the response.

Musical heroes Muse recorded an exclusive track titled Genesis for the album and Ed Sheeran sent over an unreleased track.

George said: ‘I was amazed by the response and I can’t believe we have won.’

Kyle said: ‘We are just over the moon. We are going to India!’

They received their prize from charity patron and Pompey hero Linvoy Primus at a packed ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall.

The annual challenge is held for secondary school students to form teams and come up with a successful business plan with the help of mentors over the year.

Linvoy said: ‘When you see the work produced and the feedback from the mentors and other students you recognise all the hard work they put in to this.

‘It’s unfortunate there’s only one winner but life brings hope and well done to the team that won it.

‘I’m pleased that it’s all come to an end but I look forward to what comes next.

‘I’d like to thank Mercedes-Benz Ridgeway for sponsoring the event.’

The charity has teamed up with Portsmouth firm Affinion International to launch a new Enterprise and Leadership Academy in September to develop the entrepreneurial and leadership potential of young students.

Charity director Mick Mellows said: ‘It’s fantastic that Affinion has decided to continue its partnership with us to help more young people reach their potential over the coming year.

‘The academy will be the first of its kind here in Portsmouth.’

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