Premier Skills is an international collaboration project between the Premier League and the British Council, which uses football as a tool to develop a brighter future for young people around the world.
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, and raise their self-esteem.
The programme draws upon the Premier League’s global appeal and expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network, track record of delivery, and world class expertise in English.
Premier Skills has worked with a range of partners in India to train over 600 coaches and referees, who in turn have reached 30,000 young people since the programme began in 2007.
How it works?
Premier Skills concentrates on three core areas:
- Premier League club coaches provide face-to-face training for grassroots coaches and referees, giving them the skills and support to develop their own community football projects.
- The programme works with local partners to set up and support community projects that address specific needs and engage marginalised or at-risk youth through regular football sessions.
- Teachers and learners of English are provided with a range of football-based learning materials, accessed through face-to-face training and digitally, including a dedicated website: http://premierskills.britishcouncil.org/