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Aston students encourage future entrepreneurs

28 March 2007 – for immediate release

Students from the Free Enterprise Society at Aston University are teaching business skills to youngsters as part of two projects in Birmingham.

Members of the Society have been working with children at James Brindley Special School in Moseley and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Pupils who live on the hospital site have been designing and making their own T-shirts, which went on sale to the public when classrooms were turned into a shop for one day.

‘The aim of the activities is to promote confidence in children and it’s giving them an experience they wouldn’t normally get,’ said Simon McCann, Co-President of Students in Free Enterprise Society.

The hospital event finished with an awards ceremony and the children were awarded certificates.

The Aston University students are also teaching year six pupils at Christchurch Community School and Yew Tree School to organise their own sports days as part of ‘Project Sport’.

Children have had the opportunity to learn how to organise all aspects of events from ordering refreshments to timing, as well as advertising and letter writing.

�1,000 has been provided for each project by UnLtd as part of the National Lottery’s Big Boost programme.

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For further information please contact Sally Hoban on (0121) 204 4552 or Hannah Brookes on (0121) 204 4549.

Notes to editors

Press release written by Helen Eden

Jenny Whitney from Aston University and Amaanat Hussain from Birmingham Children's Hospital, aged 10.

Photo by Edward Moss

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