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What is Premier Skills? *

Premier Skills is a partnership between the British Council and the Premier League which uses football as a tool to engage with and develop the skills of young people.

*Taken from www.britishcouncil.org/sport-premier-skills

The programme concentrates on three areas:

  • Face-to-face training for coaches and referees, using highly skilled coaches and referee trainers from the Premier League and its clubs. The participants are then supported in developing their own community-focused football projects
  • Linking community projects run by Premier League clubs to similar projects in other countries, building long-term partnerships that aim to change the lives of thousands of people
  • The creation of English language products for teachers and learners, including face-to-face training for teachers, school resources and digital content via a dedicated website.

Where is it taking place?

Under the first phase of the programme, training for coaches took place in 15 countries - Botswana, Cameroon, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, Senegal, South Korea, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

The second phase of Premier Skills is underway, with a follow up coaching course and new refereeing course first rolled out in Uganda in November 2010.

What's happened so far?

Premier Skills has already achieved huge impact under the first stage of the programme, with 1,000 coaches trained, nearly 300,000 young people reached, and over one million football-focused English language materials distributed globally.

Since the second phase of Premier Skills, combined football courses and refereeing courses have run in Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, India, Mexico, Senegal, South Korea, Vietnam and Uganda. Alongside the coaching, a considerable number of policymakers have been engaged in each country, helping to both embed and expand the impact of the programme.

Harnessing the huge global interest in the Premier League, the British Council has created a range of football-based materials that include a dedicated Premier Skills website www.britishcouncil.org/premierskills. This website features downloadable resources for teachers and learners, and the first components of a Premier Skills self-access schools pack, providing materials for teachers and learners of English. These will enable people around the world to develop and build upon their English language skills.

The resources also use the motivational power of football to develop classroom materials that allow teachers and learners to explore key social issues such as health and social inclusion.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said:

“At home the Premier League and our Clubs have a long-held commitment and reputation for delivering high quality community and education programmes. Given our popularity and success internationally we felt it only right to take this approach to a wider community.”

“Premier Skills has already taken place in 20 countries, developing 1,000 new coaches all over the world. These coaches have already delivered work that has benefited a further 300,000 young people. Phase 2 of the project builds on these achievements, further developing the skills of some of the most promising coaches that we have worked with.”

British Council Chief Executive Martin Davidson said:

“Our purpose is to connect people in the UK to people in other countries and football is a great way to do that. We are therefore proud of Premier Skills, our partnership with the Premier League, in a project which combines English and football – two truly universal languages.”

“The programme gives the coaches further skills to use in their communities in developing community action projects, as well as providing an entirely new referee coaching element that will provide young referees with quality community-focused referee training.”*

QPR in the Community Trust & Premier Skills

Since Queens Park Rangers promotion to the Premier League we have supported 5 Premier Skills projects.

Please click on the links below to learn more about our coaches experiences in Vietnam, Kenya, Sudan, Mexico and China

Vietnam October 2011
Kenya November 2011
Sudan December 2011
Mexico March 2012
China July 2012

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