Five entrepreneurial students from a Chesham school overcame stiff competition from over 30,000 fellow entrants to win a prestigious national enterprise competition.

The team from Chesham Grammar School created a winning business concept named ‘Girls Get Goals’ at the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge.

This year, Ryman partnered with University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) to develop the 2019 challenge asking the students to plan an event or competition to support the FA’s initiative to double female participation in football in England by 2020.

The panel who unanimously voted the teams concept as the winner included Theo Paphitis, Kick it Out CEO Roisin Wood and Brendan Flood, the founder of UCFB and director of Burnley FC.

Team Leader Dany said after the final: “Words cannot describe the experience of being onstage at Wembley. It was an amazing opportunity to experience the world of business!”

Chesham Grammar Headteacher Annmarie McNaney said of the team, “I am so proud of the students. They worked incredibly hard to prepare and I know this is something they feel passionate about.

“Well done to them and the staff who supported them.”

Theo Paphitis said: “This fantastic skills initiative has given thousands of young people an unrivalled opportunity to experience what the world of work is going to be like. This is so important in giving them the skills and insight into how they can be part of the Great British or even global workforce.”

National Enterprise Challenge Co-Founder Michael Dyer said: “We are delighted to have been able to work with UCFB to create such a fantastic challenge. Taking the finals to Wembley was incredible and it created a once in a lifetime experience for the students involved.

“We loved seeing everyone’s ideas and Chesham Grammar Schools winning idea ‘Girls Get Goals’ just had that something a little bit special about it and the presentation was slick and professional.”