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Children from Revoe Primary School meet Karl Oyston at Blackpool FC to present some mini apprenticeship tasks to him
Children from Revoe Primary School meet Karl Oyston at Blackpool FC to present some mini apprenticeship tasks to him
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YOUNG entrepreneurs in Blackpool have put their business skills to the test.

Pupils at Revoe Primary School were put through their paces by Blackpool FC chairman Karl Oyston at Bloomfield Road.

The school’s business group were set business tasks by the Seasiders’ chief aimed at helping with their numeracy skills.

Lisa Best, who runs the Business Group and helped organise the trip, said: “We gave the children some numeracy tasks to do by themselves with budgets and stocks and shares. It was to give them some real life lessons in maths and numeracy.

“It was a really good day. The children got a lot out of it and they learned a lot about the wider world.”

The day culminated in the teams giving a presentation to Mr Oyston about fictional business problems he had set them, including being provided a £1,000 budget and having to provide entertainment for the Blackpool players.

Miss Best added: “It’s really important for them to apply skills in different situations. Anything you can do outside of the classroom is only going to give them enthusiasm because they now understand numeracy and know why it’s relevant.”

All the children were taken on a tour of Bloomfield Road as a reward for their efforts and saw inside the home dressing room and were allowed on the pitch.

Thomas Bamford, nine, was part of the winning team. He said: “I was shocked we had won and I scared when I had to do my presentation. I think it will be good to help me in the future and it has helped me in my school work.”

Classmate Olga Sadowska said: “In the first presentation I was very nervous because I didn’t know what to expect, but in the second I didn’t feel scared at all.

“If I grow up to work in business I think I will know what to do and it has boosted my confidence.”

Mr Oyston, who is set to wed this weekend, added: “It was a fantastic day and we all enjoyed it at the club and the children are a massive credit to the school.

“If anyone ever moans about education they should go down to Revoe School to see how well disciplined and confident the children are.