Premier Skills: Premier League and the British Council

Our objective

To use football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world.

Our strategy

Both the British Council and Premier League recognise that sport, and in particular football, transcends language, religion, and culture and provides simple, practical ways to bringing people together.  As football has increasingly become a global language, the Premier League has been keen to export the success of its domestic community programmes internationally. The British Council, with its global network, track record of delivery, and recognition of sport’s contribution to building trust and cultural relations, was the ideal partner to take these programmes to international audiences.

Our partnership supports the development of community football coaches around the world and develops football-focused English learning materials for teachers and learners of English. Premier Skills trains football coaches to become community leaders, giving them the skills to tackle a range of social issues in the community, such as health, disability, gender, inclusion and education.

Our impact

Premier Skills has delivered tremendous impact to date. Since 2007, the programme has run in 20 countries around the world, with over 2,300 face-to-face coach training interventions, more than 400,000 young people reached, and over one million football-focused English language materials distributed.

Our partnership has provided a model for the way in which the Premier League and British Council can engage with other countries through the medium of football, and we continue to work together to respond to a whole range of new opportunities.

"The British Council is a partner we really value and trust. On the ground, around the world they have the access, contacts and people to make things happen. Their global reach and our global brand are a perfect combination, and together we have looked to harness the passion that exists for the Premier League to make a real difference, helping English learners and teachers and sharing our coaching and refereeing skills all over the world."

Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive Premier League