Newcastle North MP supports Enterprise Academy

Catherine McKinnell, Member of Parliament for Newcastle North and Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury today visited St James Park to support the Premier League’s Enterprise Academy.

Created to teach 11-19 year-olds the basic principles of business and self-employment, the Enterprise Academy aims to engage, inspire and unlock potential by developing and delivering programmes in business and enterprising skills at football clubs.

This year’s semi-final was held at St James Park, where clubs were represented from schools across the North of England, with All Saints College in Catherine’s constituency representing Newcastle.

All Saints were unlucky not to progress through to the final which will be taking place in November during Global Entrepreneurship Week at the Westminster Conference Centre in London.

Catherine commented “I was so impressed by the young people who were involved with the programme and could see straight away it is a valuable and innovative way of teaching young people to think about business.

“I enjoyed having the opportunity to visit the teams before their presentations to discuss the scheme and their ideas. It is fantastic that since its inception, over 79,000 young people have engaged in the programme, and have managed to gain such valuable skills and insight.

“With such worrying levels of youth unemployment, schemes such as this are vitally important in helping young people develop into our business leaders of the future.”