#PLSeasonReview How club community coaches are changing lives in 25 countries with Premier Skills
Premier League Season Review 2014/15
How club community coaches are changing lives in 25 countries with Premier Skills http://bit.ly/PLSR-premier-skills
#PLSeasonReview How club community coaches are changing lives in 25 countries with Premier Skills bit.ly/PLSR-premier-skills
Premier Skills is the Premier League’s lead international development project. Working together with the British Council since 2007, the scale and reach of the investment and delivery of Premier Skills has grown each year.
Premier Skills has three key elements:
Amongst the many developments in the last season, exciting new projects have been created in communities as diverse as western Kenya, downtown Chicago and across China’s schools.
The Kenya Premier Skills project tackles issues of violence against girls and women. Premier League coaches from Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion will provide training for 47 Kenyan football instructors and referees. These trainee coaches will learn the skills and get the support to run football activities in their communities. Hayley James who is an Outreach Development Officer at West Bromwich Albion’s Foundation, has delivered Premier Skills training in Kenya, and Indonesia, summing up her time in the latter when she said:
“Seeing the commitment of the people we train to making a difference to others is hugely rewarding. In Jakarta I was training university students to deliver inclusive football sessions to street children and youngsters on the margins of society. Despite being so young, these coaches were eager to learn and determined to improve themselves for the benefit of those around them.”
Premier Skills also has an impact on issues beyond football. Elizabeth Njeri Nyaga is one of the Kenyan coaches involved and described the impact of the DfIF-funded Premier Skills project by stating: “By coaching both boys and girls, it shows people that girls can do what boys can do. Having male coaches talking about difficult issues will influence other men. Victims and survivors [of violence against girls and women] will learn their rights and avenues for moving forward”
British Council Chief Executive Ciaran Devane said: “Premier Skills has had great success around the world in helping young people gain the skills to reach their full potential. Through working to reduce violence and gender discrimination, I’m sure this project will do the same for the women and girls of western Kenya.”
In Chicago, Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire want to replicate the Premier League Kicks model by turning a passion for soccer into programmes that improve the lives of local people. Using the power of sport to break down barriers between the community and police, the project is creating safer, more respectful communities. It is already showing similar signs of success to other ‘Kicks Inspired’ schemes in Brazil, Indonesia and India.
And in China, Prince William saw for himself the role Premier Skills is playing in training PE teachers to become better football coaches whilst he attended a Premier Skills event in Shanghai. In a new partnership with the Chinese Ministry of Education, Premier Skills is now incorporated into the Chinese curriculum to help teachers and coaches to deliver community and school football programmes. Premier Skills aims to engage up to 1.2 million young students in China by the end of 2016.