Sunderland’s Graham Roberts in Lagos for Premier Skills project

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Sunderland AFC’s Head of International Football Development, Graham Roberts
Sunderland AFC’s Head of International Football , Graham Roberts
Sunderland AFC’s Head of International Football , Graham Roberts has flown out to Nigeria this week as the Premier Skills project returns to Lagos. The ground- football , jointly organised by the British Council and the Premier League, has returned to Lagos, with SAFC’s Graham Roberts delivering the final phase of the coaching project. Graham, who has previously delivered Premier Skills courses in Hong Kong and South , is working alongside Premier Skills co-ordinator Jez Weeks, a senior and formerly Paralympic Football Competition Manager at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The duo is working with eight coaches from across Nigeria who have qualified to the final phase of the . Since completing phase three of the project last September, the coaches have been delivering coaching courses and education projects in their local communities. The Premier Skills programme which uses football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world, draws 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 and track record of delivery.[eap_ad_2] To kick the start of the week-long programme, the eight coaches were asked to reflect and review the past year and how they have delivered the Premier Skills education programme. Speaking about the visit, Graham said: “The presentations and discussions were very beneficial for all parties. We were given extensive information into the progress of the programme from the coaches and looked at developments to help improve the project.” The coaches were also informed that they will be supporting Graham and Jez in the delivering of intensive training for 26 grassroots female from across Lagos. The week-long courses will focus on developing football projects in the teacher’s local communities as well as educating the about child protection and child rights. The Premier Skills which has been held in 21 countries around the world has served as a tool to only strengthen relations between nations but also strengthen the of football. its many partnerships, relationships with football clubs and grassroots activities, Sunderland AFC continues to establish itself as one of the most recognised and respected English Premier League clubs across the work it is doing. Graham continued: “Sunderland has a huge following in and we work on a number of projects throughout the continent with our . I believe that the Premier Skills project truly represents our philosophy of contributing and giving back to the communities in which we operate.” ([eap_ad_3]