Our work in community football

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 week-long training activities for local community-level coaches and referees, which are delivered by professional coaches from the Premier League clubs.

Since 2007 Premier Skills has created training opportunities benefitting 6,301 grassroots coaches and referees.

What our participants gain

So far Premier Skills coaches and referees have reached more than 946,386 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 2016.

Our future work

It aims to engage at least 50 policy-makers in football as a tool for development, to train at least 3,000 coaches and referees and through them reach more than 300,000 young people to positively affect the society they live in through the power of football.