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Engaging with young people globally

Premier Skills draws upon the Premier League’s global appeal and expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network and track record of grassroots program delivery. 

Through Premier Skills coach training, which features both interactive classroom-based learning and on-the-field technical training, over 10,457 grassroots coaches  and referees in 29 countries have learned valuable coaching, leadership, communication and soccer skills. As a result, trainees are better able to perform in their role as coaches and mentors to young people. 

Through Premier Skills, young people, including the most vulnerable in society, are given opportunities to become better integrated into their local communities, to develop their skills for employability, raise their self-esteem, and have a safe place to play. Premier Skills-trained community coaches have reached 1.4 million young people since the program began. 

What is involved?

A key element of the project is week-long training activities for local community-level coaches and referees, which are delivered by professional coaches from Premier League clubs. The participants are supported to develop their own community-focused soccer projects, with many gaining the skills needed to train other grassroots coaches.

What our participants gain

The inclusive skills and resources that the grassroots coaches and referees have gained through Premier Skills are opening up the benefits of sport to vulnerable groups in society, such as young people susceptible to crime, those with a lack of access to education and to young people with a disability. Through Premier Skills community coach training, coaches learn how to plan and deliver safe and inclusive community soccer session for youth participants and to coach in challenging urban environments for a variety of age groups and skill sets. 

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