The Premier Skills initiative run by the Premier League and the British Council returns to Nigeria from July 29 to August 3 with intensive training for 26 grassroots female public school teachers as football coaches selected from across Lagos.
Premier Skills uses football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world drawing upon the global appeal of the Premier League and its expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK alongside the British Council’s global network.
Through Premier skills, young people, often the most vulnerable in society, are given opportunities to become better integrated into their local communities, to develop their skills and self-esteem.
The project in Nigeria will be led by head coach, Jez Weeks, a senior coach and formerly Paralympic Football Competition Manager at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He will be supported by Graham Robinson community coach and Head of International Football Development at Sunderland.
The course in Lagos is being jointly organised by the British Council, Premier League and Lagos State FA.[eap_ad_2] Throughout the week the grassroots trainees will receive expert training from qualified Premier skills coaches, giving them the skills and support to develop their own community football projects.
As at 2013, Premier skills has trained 2,300 coaches and referees in 21 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas, who in turn have reached a further 500,000 young people. The target for Premier skills is to reach 25 countries by 2016. It aims to train a further 3,000 coaches and referees and through them reach more than 300,000 young people.
Premier League boss, Richard Scudamore spoke positively of the project.
“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. I’m thrilled to see Premier skills continuing in Nigeria this week,” said Scudamore.
British Council topshot, Sir 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’re therefore proud of Premier skills, our partnership with the Premier League and I am delighted that this unique project, which combines English and football – two truly universal languages – is continuing with local support in Nigeria,” Davidson said. (supersport.com)[eap_ad_3]
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