Premier Skills uses football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world. 

A global partnership between the British Council and the Premier League, the programme empowers grassroots coaches and referees to help young people, including the most vulnerable in society, find pathways to better lives through the inspirational power of football.

Premier Skills has given me a completely different view about coaching football … I can change lives through it.

Tanaz, Premier Skills Coach Educator, India

The goal

Premier Skills uses football as a tool for change, enabling people to achieve positive social and educational outcomes in their communities. This concept is called ‘football in the community’.

Through face-to-face training, grassroots coaches and referees develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to run their own community football projects, through which they can engage and enrich the lives of marginalised and at-risk young people.

By participating in regular football sessions, young people develop their own life skills and confidence, helping them become better integrated into their communities, improving their employability and raising their self-esteem.

Across different countries, the Premier Skills model is tailored to address key social issues specific to a country or region, such as violence against women and girls, female participation in sport and educational opportunities for disadvantaged young people.

The global legacy of Premier Skills is a worldwide network of individuals and organisations, empowered to bring about positive social change through inclusive football training programmes that benefit local communities.

We have now noticed boys no longer bully the girls, and there is a sense of respect for the girls. As for the girls, they have become more aware of their rights and are more empowered.

Premier Skills Community Coach, Kenya

Global reach

Worldwide, Premier Skills has trained 28,808 grassroots coaches and referees, who have gone on to develop the confidence and skills of 1.7 million young people in 29* countries around the world. See where the programme currently runs, or discover the Premier League legacy countries.

Premier Skills has reached 29 countries since 2007

Find out more about Premier Skills countries.

*This includes Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China. 

 

The approach

It draws upon the Premier League’s global appeal and expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network and experience of delivering world-class society-based programmes. The proven model uses football as an entry point for social action, engaging tens of thousands of aspiring coaches and referees who are keen to develop their skills. They receive direct training from Premier League coaches on inclusive football coaching and using football as a tool for community development, building their capacity to develop their own community interventions.

In each country, Premier Skills works with partners such as governments, local and national football associations, sports bodies and non-governmental organisations to adapt the programme to local needs. Together they identify and recruit grassroots coaches and referees and set up local community projects to address specific local needs.

Thanks to Premier Skills, I have the courage…

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