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TfL group visit Transport for London headquarters

Friday, 02 March 2018

Last Tuesday the CSO group of boys involved in TFL took a trip to the headquarters of the TFL to perform a presentation on what we have been working on sporadically for the past five months. One of the boys on the trip wrote about the day:

"Following our departure from our school in tune with a chilly Tuesday morning, we arrived at St. James’ Park station when we ironically got slightly lost on the way. Upon entering the headquarters, our group was then mixed with all the other Youth Travel Ambassadors(YTA) involved in the event. We received our visitor’s card and made our way to the top floor.

The presentation was to be a pitch for the acquisition of £250 to fund the scheme that we had devised over the course of the last few TFL lessons, which was an app to inform travellers of correct procedures in scenarios they may not know how to react to prior. We were competing with other schools to attain such funds and on a personal level, to have the best pitch out of the group.

Overall, the experience of the morning out was a very enjoyable one. There were plenty of refreshments which were popular amongst everyone the view of central London was another thing to be enjoyed. To keep us entertained, there was a friendly puzzle competition for the YTAs present, in which our school took home the reward for, thanks to the brilliant work of not me.

The pitch itself was a very educational one, along with all the other benefits it yielded. Although we had practiced and developed our pitch these past few weeks, the judges feedback and responses to our pitch were extremely informative and helpful to our cause. The whole experience of pitching an idea to investors, even though it was relatively small-scale, was very good for our understanding of formulating cohesive arguments for our ideas and persuading people why our idea deserved their trust and funding.
The results were extremely positive. The feedback was almost wholly constructive or positive and we (somehow) walked away with more money than we originally pitched for. To sum up, our morning out the TFL headquarters was informative, fun and, above all, successful."

The presentation was to be a pitch for the acquisition of £250 to fund the scheme that we had devised over the course of the last few TFL lessons.
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