Premier Skill is an international partnership between the British Council and the Premier League. The programme uses football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world.

Premier Skills provides opportunities for coaches, referees and players to become better integrated into their local communities, to develop their skills for employability and raise their self-esteem. Premier Skills currently runs in 19 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas. To date, Premier Skills-trained community coaches and referees have reached over 1.6 million young people in 29 countries.

How does it work?

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 20,027 grassroots coaches and referees.

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 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 1.6 million children and young people.

Premier Skills also engages and empowers women and girls at all levels of the programme, aiming for a participation rate of no less than 40%.

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.

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