A SCHOOL team from Milton Keynes will be taking part in the final of a national business challenge on Wednesday (January 25).
Team Pango from Oakgrove School, in Brickhill Street, will be at Wembley Stadium in the Real Business Challenge after winning through a regional stage of the Olympic themed competition last year.
The team, sponsored by audit, accountancy, tax, legal and advisory service Mazars, based at The Pinnacle, in Midsummer Boulevard, is made up of seven GCSE pupils. The youngsters designed a soft drink made with 100 per cent fruit juice representing their chosen Olympic nation, Brazil.
Their creation, Pango, was voted winner by judges from Coca-Cola at the East Midlands regional final held at Nottingham Forest Football Club.
Stephen Brown, partner at Mazars in Milton Keynes, said: “We are delighted to support Oakgrove School in this way. Education is one of our specialist sectors and it’s great to see innovation and business skills being nurtured, giving pupils an invaluable insight into industry. We wish them the best of luck at the Wembley final.”
Steve Powell, business teacher at Oakgrove School, said: “We are fortunate to have the backing of Mazars which has allowed our pupils to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, working alongside business mentors. Working with local businesses like Mazars gives students the best chance to compete in an increasingly difficult job market.”
The Real Business Challenge is part of the Get Set programme of events aimed at encouraging enterprise and rewarding Olympic values in young people ahead of the 2012 games.