Project MENKA take to the challenge and win!

After six weeks of preparation and numerous hours, in and out of school, Project MENKA successfully pitched their idea to the MFC judges in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge 2017/18 at the Riverside Stadium. The judges included former Middlesbrough and Manchester United legend Gary Pallister, and the Chief Operating officer at MFC Mark Ellis. 

Freebrough Academy and five other schools in the Teesside area, including Thornaby Academy, were set the challenge to improve the match attendance at the Riverside Stadium. After the judges’ final deliberation, they were unanimous that Project MENKA from Freebrough Academy were worthy winners and will go on to represent MFC in the national competition.

The Year 10 students who developed the idea Project Menka were Neo, Joe, Toby, Eve and Katie, combining the idea of MFC and the Middlesbrough Mela. The team presented with courage and were delighted with the result and can’t wait to represent MFC in January 2018. 

Katie, Managing Director of the group said: “It’s been hard work but we feel excited and proud that we won the competition and can’t wait to go to Leicester in January.” 

Mark Ellis mentioned: “Project MENKA were worthy winners, their presentation was extremely slick and answered the brief brilliantly, it’s something that we could implement very quickly at MFC and can’t believe we didn’t think of it! We are looking forward to meeting with the group to support ideas in the New Year.”

The five students will now go on to represent Middlesbrough Football Club in the Premier League Enterprise Challenge 2017/18 play off at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium in the New Year.

If successful they will go onto the National Final in London, where judges including Theo Paphitis (Dragons Den), and Graham Le Saux (Ex Chelsea and England Footballer) will be waiting.

We would like to wish the team all the best of luck for their next round, we know you will give it your best shot!