Premier League Enterprise

Foundation staff member poses for a group photo with children on our Enterprise programme

MFC Foundation’s Enterprise programme specialises in delivering educational programmes to provide qualifications and increase skills, knowledge and aspirations of young people.

Teesside has some of the poorest educational attainment outcomes in the UK, and some of the highest rates of young people classified as ‘not in education, employment or training’ (NEET). MFC Foundation is in a unique position to address this challenge by harnessing the power of the Boro brand.

Our education programmes seek to broaden young peoples’ horizons and support them in realising their full potential. Our Enterprise programme delivers recognised education qualifications and non-accredited courses in education settings across Teesside.

We often work with non-mainstream school settings such as Pupil Referral Units, Special Educational Needs schools, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and can cater for young people with a range of complex needs. We deliver our courses in a range of educational settings, and in our facilities at The Riverside Stadium to suit the needs of our schools.


Accreditations that we deliver include:

Premier League Core Programme
A course for students to gain an understanding of the business behind the football club. Students cover ‘Introduction to a sporting organisation’, ‘What is a business?’, ‘Communicating objectives’, ‘Customers’, ‘Customer records’, ‘Customer service and complaints’, ‘Products and services’, ‘Advertising’, ‘Publicity and providing information’ and ‘Steps to success.’

Personal Money Management
Students gain Level 1 in Personal Money Management and represent real life characters with varying financial income and outgoings. Students play an interactive Monopoly game to manage their client budget and make financial decisions based on the client’s lifestyle.

As well as these we also offer our own bespoke non-accredited courses including:

Gibson’s Gig
Students are given a budget to plan and design the first ever live music concert at The Riverside Stadium. Ticket price, ticket design, stage set up, food and drink choices, hospitality packages and advertising are all included.

Big Days
Catering for whole school year groups, our range of enterprising activities can be tailored to individual schools to develop team work, communication, confidence, problem solving, leadership and many more skills.

There are many benefits of being involved with our enterprise projects; improved attendance and punctuality, improved confidence and self-esteem, developing an understanding of business practices, develop enterprise and entrepreneurial capabilities, a can do attitude, positive risk taking, creativity, innovation and business responsibilities, improved attitude and motivation, improved communication and reasoning skills.

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Charlie Is A Coach To The Core

One day Charlie Morris hopes to run her own team but for now she’s happy putting in all the hours she can learning every day from the chance she has been given.

When we meet during one of her sessions across one of the many projects she works on with MFC Foundation, hoping to gain a Coach Core qualification, she is putting a group of around 30 girls aged between five and nine through a warm-up exercise at the Herlingshaw Centre in Eston.

“I’ve been there,” she says. “I started playing football when I was two, I can relate to where they are now. Some like football, some have no idea what to do, but we have fun. At this age, it is about them enjoying themselves. If they are, then that gives me confidence.

“When I was younger there was none of these courses, now there are a few.”

There is an acknowledgement that as a young woman she is in a minority in a sport still dominated by males. But, she says, that’s changing.

“There are not many opportunities for women in coaching right now, not compared to men. It’s changing now though, already I can see a difference after the Women’s World Cup and the netball World Cup.

“I largely work with girls, but I do coach boys too sometimes. Some boys tell me I don’t know what I’m doing, but I do. It’s very important to be given a chance to show what you can do and I’m grateful for that.

“I love football, I’m a Boro fan, one day I’d like to run my own team, run my own drills and training sessions.

“I wasn’t really good at school, not at English and Maths anyway, PE was the only thing I was good at so coaching seemed a good idea.

“I’ve had help along the way in the three or four years I’ve been coaching, I did it in college too. I learn from each of the coaches I work with or under, the good and bad bits!

“One day I hope I’ll be in a position to help other people who want to take the same route as me.”