Students in Southampton are this month being given the opportunity to put their entrepreneurial expertise to the test and raise vital funds for Saints Foundation, as part on an exciting new initiative called ‘The Pitch’.
The foundation has teamed up with Southampton FC, Solent University and Drive Personnel to launch the project, which will allow the university's students to present their business ideas to a panel of judges in a bid to secure one of ten pots of £1,000 seed funding.
The successful teams will then have until May 2017 to turn their proposals into a reality and raise money for Saints Foundation.
Amy Bennett, Fundraising Officer at Saints Foundation, said: “Saints Foundation is delighted to be working in partnership with Southampton Football Club, Drive Personnel and Solent University on this new and exciting project.
“In everything that we do, our mission is to inspire people of all ages and abilities to fulfil their potential. The Pitch will not only allow us to raise vital funds for Saints Foundation, but will provide valuable learning and development opportunities to students at Solent University.”
Event partner Drive Personnel is supporting The Pitch by providing the seed funding, totalling £10,000.
Chris Bryant, the company’s managing director, said: ‘’Drive Personnel is a local business employing local people. Over the last 14 years, Drive Personnel has become the number-one supplier for HGV jobs in Southampton and is well known for employing local people.
“As such, supporting local good causes like Saints Foundation is right at the heart of what we are about. When we were approached about The Pitch, we couldn’t believe our luck, as not only did this allow us to support a local good cause, but it also gave us the opportunity to engage with aspiring local young talent from Solent University.’’
Students from the School of Business, Law and Communications have until Sunday 13th November to register their interest in taking part, after which they will be invited to an official launch day at St Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday 15th November, complete with workshops, lectures and plenty of information about the programme.
Gillian Saieva, head of business, finance and accounting at Solent University’s School of Business, Law and Communications, says it’s a great opportunity for students.
“The project fits really well with our own objectives and values as an organisation,” she said. “We hold the student experience at the heart of everything we do, and this project will allow students – from local through to international – to all develop a sense of belonging to the city, which is an important part of the overall student experience.
“The teams have a real chance to think outside the box, to be innovative and creative and show how they can invest the £1,000 in order to deliver a return for the charity.”
To find out more, please get in touch with Saints Foundation’s fundraising officer, Amy Bennett, on 02380 711997 or firstname.lastname@example.org