The investment competition that uses real money
For 14 years, the Shares4Schools competition has been bringing Economics and Business studies to life as sixth form students invest real money into the stock market. Organised by The Share Centre, a leading retail stockbroker, each team competing in the competition starts with an investment pot of £2,000 to invest into the stock market (up £1,250 of which is contributed by The Share Centre), with the aim of achieving the greatest profit over the period October to May. Unlike other investment competitions, Shares4Schools allows students to invest real money into real stocks.
The competition allows year 12 students to build upon their financial knowledge as they learn about the mechanisms of the stock market. The pupils will also progress their team working skills as they work together to develop their investment strategy and their attitude to risk.
At the end of the competition, the shares are sold and the team that has gained the most profit will be declared the overall winner. The winning team and the three runners-up will be invited to attend a special award ceremony in London. In the last competition, the winning school had the privilege of opening the market at the London Stock Exchange.
Excitingly, schools keep any profits made from the competition to use at their discretion. In the past, schools have used the profits they earned to pay for school trips and even donated to charities they support. The realistic nature of the competition means that it’s important to note that the value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up. Some schools have lost money in the past, so keep a keen eye on your investments!
How much does the school need to invest?
The school puts in an initial stake of £1,000. This is matched with £1,000 by The Share Centre to create an investment pot of £2,000.
At the end of the competition the shares are sold and The Share Centre reclaims its £1,000. The remaining portfolio value, including any profits, is returned to the school.
We are also running an early bird incentive for a limited time. The Share Centre will give £250 towards a school’s investment stake if it registers for the competition before 13 October 2017. This means you would only need to raise £750 to have £2,000 to invest!
For more information see the Competition Rules.