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Local school pupils sell their creations at Primary Challenge Market Day

Pupils from Penyrheol Primary School at the Enterprise Challenge Market Day

Forty primary schools in Swansea took part in the Enterprise Challenge Market Day in Castle Gardens in Swansea on Thursday June 23.

Over 1000 children, aged from 3-11, sold products they have been making throughout the year as part of the drive to encourage enterprise amongst young people. The products ranged from cards and candles to pebble pictures and plants.

The event was organised by Young-Dragons CIC in partnership with Craigfelen Primary School.

Director Sue Poole said: “We are delighted to be back in Castle Gardens after two years away.  We’ve seen so much creativity but more importantly the children are learning valuable skills for the future and having fun at the same time”.

Fellow Director Kathryn David said: “These are the business leaders of the future and it’s important to encourage entrepreneurial skills amongst young people if we want to future-proof our economy.”

The stalls were visited by Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Day who said: “I have always taken an interest in the development of enterprise skills and it’s nice to see so much entrepreneurial young talent on display in Swansea.”

Alison Williams, head teacher at Craigfelen School who has been involved with the project for the last ten years said: “This project is an invaluable way of giving pupils the opportunity to develop new skills and an understanding of how their communication, numeracy and technological skills can be used in real life. It also helps schools to implement the new curriculum. The results we are seeing today are remarkable and demonstrate the powerful impact enterprise can have on pupils of all ages”

The project will culminate in a grand finale to be held in the Brangwyn Hall in July which will celebrate the efforts of all the schools and the 2000 young people who have taken part in the challenge throughout the year.

Those who have helped and supported the event include Swansea Bid, Welsh Government and Swansea Council.