Kolkata Goalz is a Premier Skills project that helps build positive relationships between young people in high deprivation areas and the local authorities through sport. Over the last two years it has been operational in 12 venues across Kolkata, covering 24 police station jurisdictions and reaching out to 1000+ young people between 12-18 years of age, involved in weekly football training sessions, and other activities, including English teaching delivered by the British Council and participation in tournaments and athletics events.
The project is led by the Premier League and the British Council in partnership with the Kolkata Police, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, All India Football Federation and Indian Football Association (West Bengal) and in association with nine Kolkata Premier League Football Clubs — Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, East Bengal Club, George Telegraph Sports Club, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Police Athletic Club, United Sports Club, Aryan Club, Dalhousie Athletic Club and Kalighat Milan Sangha Football Club, who are directly involved in the delivery of the project.
Objectives of Kolkata Goalz are:
- to engage young people aged 12–18 years in a range of constructive activities
- to increase playing, coaching and officiating opportunities for participants
- to create routes into education, training and youth development
- to encourage volunteering within projects and throughout the target communities
- to increase young people’s interest in and connections with the professional game.
We successfully launched the Kolkata Goalz Cup tournament in 2012, which follows the model of the annual Kickz Cup competition in the UK. Kolkata Goalz now engages about 1,000 young people between 12–18 years of age at twelve venues across Kolkata covering 24 police station jurisdictions.
About 60 young people participating in the Kolkata Goalz have completed training programme from the Premier League that were designed to develop their leadership within the community and to improve their football skills.
Kolkata Goalz Vision
Our long-term plan is to establish a sustainable model in Kolkata which could potentially be replicated across India in partnership with other Premier League football clubs, police departments and municipal authorities.
Responsibilities of coaches and coordinators
Over 100 coaches and coordinators from the participating clubs have received community development and leadership training from the Premier League. These coaches are responsible for the football training in the respective venues. The coordinators are responsible for overall delivery of the programme and to collate the data required for the monitoring and evaluation of the project.
How our partners support the project
The Kolkata Police, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the Football Federations support the project through its infrastructure and advice. In addition to regular football training, the project also provides young people with other opportunities for training and development. We currently offer English language training using Premier Skills English resources as well as provide vocational training opportunities to our young participants.