Premier Skills is an international collaboration project between the Premier League and the British Council, which uses football as a tool to develop a brighter future for young people around the world.
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.
The programme 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.
How it works?
Premier Skills concentrates on three core areas:
- Premier League club coaches provide face-to-face training for grassroots coaches and referees, giving them the skills and support to develop their own community football projects.
- The programme works with local partners to set up and support community projects that address specific needs and engage marginalised or at-risk youth through regular football sessions.
- Teachers and learners of English are provided with a range of football-based learning materials, accessed through face-to-face training and digitally , including a dedicated website: https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/
A three-phase programme aimed at developing the skills and knowledge of the community coaches (Phase 1), introducing the role of coach educator (Phase 2) and developing coaches as Coach Educators (Phase 3) with the objective of cascading the Phase 1 training to new community coaches.
The Premier Skills Referee Development is a three-level training programme:
- Level 1 is an entry level course that enables the participant to qualify as a football referee or further develop their referee skills if they have recently qualified as a referee. The course provides an introduction to the laws of the game as well as developing the practical skills they will need to be a qualified referee.
- Level 2 is designed for fully qualified referees with 1 – 3 years of experience at grass roots football where they are actively involved in refereeing. As a progressive learning experience, this will enable participants to demonstrate a range of competences and the potential to further develop their refereeing skills to enhance their progress to more senior level of football.
- Level 3 is for fully qualified referees with over 4+ years of experience at grass roots football where they are actively involved in refereeing.
In Afghanistan Premier Skills has worked with Afghanistan Football Federation and has run Coach Education and Referee Development Programme. Since completion of final stage of Couch Education Programme in 2015, 15 certified coaches have delivered a huge number of Community Coaching Training Courses and trained hundreds of new football coaches in different provinces of Afghanistan. Also 12 Afghan referees who completed referee development programme are now judging football matches inside and outside Afghanistan.