Premier Skills is our international partnership with the Premier League operating in 26 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas from Afghanistan to Zambia.
Premier Skills brings together and engages community members to develop life skills, coaching skills and English language skills through the medium of soccer. The program has delivered tremendous grassroots impact in countries across around the world. We are committed to engaging and empowering women and girls at all levels of the program.
Premier Skills programming in the US
The first Premier Skills US program launched in Chicago in 2014. Premier Skills Chicago was run with the support, expertise and program experience of local partners Beyond the Ball, Boys & Girls Club Chicago ̶ Little Village, Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Chicago Fire Foundation, Chicago Park District, and World Sport Chicago; and in association with Major League Soccer.
The program consisted of a year-round after-school program that brought skills, play and social and emotional learning to youth participants in the Chicago neighborhood of Little Village. Practices were held three nights a week, for participants ages 8 - 18, coached by Premier Skills community coaches and Chicago Fire community coaches. In addition, through Premier Skills Community Coach training, 40 youth workers and local coaches from across Chicago were trained in how to use soccer for community development and coaching for inclusion.
The Premier League and British Council's hugely successful Premier Skills program ran a community coach training course from February 15-19, 2016 in New York City's iconic Harlem neighborhood. This training was delivered in partnership with City in the Community, the Foundation supported by the New York City Football Club. Over 50 local coaches and community workers attended the training, joining a network of 7,600 community coaches worldwide who have completed Premier Skills training. Participating organizations included the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, the Public Schools Athletic League, the YMCA and local NGOs.
Learn more about our global Premier Skills program.