Premier Skills

Premier Skills is our international partnership with the Premier League operating in 25 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas from Afghanistan to Zambia.

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, track record of delivery and world class expertise in English.

Since it began in 2007, 7,600 coaches and referees have been trained in 29 countries, who in turn have reached a further 1.2 million young people. 6,000 teachers have received training in the use of the Premier Skills English materials, with 3.5 million views of the materials online.

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.   

Teachers and learners of English are given free, compelling learning materials, drawing on football-based content from the most exciting football league in the world. 

PREMIER SKILLS MEETS A GLOBAL NEED FOR COMMUNITY INTERVENTION THROUGH THE POWER OF FOOTBALL.

We work together with local partners that we identify to develop the skills of grassroots community coaches and referees and help them establish their own community projects. It takes the best of UK expertise from the Premier League in using football as a force for good and uses it to create opportunities for young people all over the world.

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

A key element of the project is a three-phase development programme for local community-level coaches and referees, which are delivered by professional coaches from the Premier League clubs. This aims to build local capacity and leave a sustainable legacy in participating countries through training Premier Skills Coach Educators from partner organisations.  

Since 2007 Premier Skills has created training opportunities benefitting 7,600 grassroots coaches and referees.

WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS GAIN

Coaches and referees receive bespoke training that aims to improve their skills in how to deliver engaging, inclusive training programmes to benefit their local communities. So far Premier Skills coaches and referees have reached more than 1.2million children and young people.

Premier Skills also engages and empowers women and girls at all levels of the programme, with the aim for a minimum participation rate of 50% girls and women in 2019.

OUR FUTURE WORK

Our future work aims to influence institutional approaches to social action through football as well as continuing to provide direct training and support to new and existing coach and referee networks