Benefiting the whole game and wider communties

The success of the Premier League both on and off the pitch enables us to make a significant investment in community work and the wider football world.

Effective partnerships underpin club delivery of a wide range of activities for young people. Projects are concentrated in high-need areas and we are committed to supporting schools. We focus on investing in facilities, football and sports participation, as well as supporting education and skills.

Communities strategy infographic

The scale of Premier League club delivery in their communities is significant and wide-reaching. Over 546,000 young people engaged on community projects directly funded by the Premier League in the last year alone. In addition to Premier League club activity, which takes place at thousands of community venues and schools across the country, we also provide funding to support community programmes at all 72 Football League clubs and 69 Football Conference clubs, so thousands more young people also benefit.

Delivering first-class facilities is a key element of our strategy to get as many people into football and sport as possible. This season saw the 525th Artificial Grass Pitch delivered, with a reported 700,206 people playing on Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund sites in one year. Facilities are delivered by the Football Foundation which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sport England.

Pathways to develop potential

The Premier League's focus on youth and education not only gets young people playing football but also 12 other Olympic sports via the Premier League 4Sport scheme. Our programmes also deliver a range of outcomes such as improvements to health and confidence, as well as pathways into volunteering and employment.

Yassen Mukadam, who won the Premier League Enterprise Challenge, along with others from West Ham United (pictured third from the left outside 10 Downing Street).

“I wasn’t going anywhere and had signed on the dole. I had failed to get into university because of the interviews but the Challenge kept my head high and really improved my presentation skills. This year I secured a place at King’s College studying medicine.”

Yassen Mukadam outside 10 Downing street

Developing a sporting habit remains crucial and the ‘football pathway’ (see infographic) shows one route young people can follow to play regularly, access competitive opportunities and even make a career in the game.

Developing potential infographic
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Rachel Key presents the Barclays Premier League Trophy to Chelsea captain John Terry

Rachel Key was given the opportunity to present the Barclays Premier League Trophy to Chelsea captain John Terry after the team’s final match to recognise her achievements. Commenting on her progress, Rachel said:

“I’d had some tough times, but getting involved with Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League Works scheme was such a positive step. It’s given me so many skills, and I’m working hard to becoming a fully-qualified coach.”

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