A leading businesswomen has paid a visit to Wearside.
Lady Michelle Mone came to the city to learn how Sunderland AFC’s registered charity, Foundation of Light, is inspiring the business people of the future.
She observed a session at Sandhill View Academy delivered by Foundation staff as part of her Government review tour, aimed at tackling the barriers local entrepreneurs face starting a successful business.
Using Sunderland AFC and the North East’s biggest companies as business examples, Foundation of Light’s Premier League Enterprise programme empowers young people to achieve and raise aspirations through a series of activities, focusing on topics such as enterprise, business and the world of work.
Lady Mone, said: “My visit to the Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light was inspirational. It was great to learn about how the foundation is working with local schools and businesses, to give young people the chance to learn about enterprise.
“I was impressed to hear the children’s ideas for setting up their own businesses.”
Programme manager at the Premier League, Lynne-Marie Betteridge, added: “It was fantastic to observe the session and see how the young people have been engaged, how they are getting into the spirit of what they have been taught, which will hopefully help them develop business skills to set them up for later life.”
Foundation of Light education curriculum lead, Chris Hooker, said: “We were very fortunate to have Lady Mone here to give the kids a real-life entrepreneur whose achievements they can aspire to.”