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Thursday 14 August 2014

What is Premier League Communities?

A guide to the work the League and its clubs do in their local communities and abroad

Premier League Communities supports clubs in their role as hubs at the heart of their communities. Effective partnerships are built that underpin club delivery of a wide range of activities for young people.

The Premier League Communities strategy can be summarised as follows:

Clubs as hubs of their Communities

  • Enhancing the lives of young people
  • Delivering in high need areas
  • Supporting schools
  • Working in partnership
  • Engaging locally, inspiring globally

We have a clear focus on three complimentary areas, namely:

  • Investing in Facilities and Grassroots
  • Inspiring Sports Participation
  • Supporting Education and Skills.

The Premier League not only supports the 20 Premier League clubs but also 72 Football League and 69 Football Conference clubs to deliver community programmes across the country.

For much more information, statistics and videos please visit:

Investing in Facilities and Grassroots
The Premier League funds capital and programme investment to support grassroots football. The support varies from the hugely popular Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme – providing brand new Nike kit for hundreds of schools every year – to multi-million-pound, state-of-the-art changing facilities and 3G artificial grass pitches in high need areas.

Facilities are delivered via the Football Foundation, and the funding partnership with The FA and Government via Sport England will see another 152 3G pitches built over the course of the current three-year deal.

Inspiring Sports Participation
The Premier League funds a range of football and other sports participation programmes. These programmes are delivered through football clubs at all levels of the professional game, and are designed to encourage young people to get active and develop a sporting habit for life. As part of our key partnership with Sport England, we now work closely with 13 sports’ National Governing Bodies.

Supporting Education and Skills.
From innovative programmes designed to encourage the development of entrepreneurial instincts, to literacy schemes established to improve children’s reading skills, the Premier League is using the popularity of the professional game to motivate young people to maximise their potential.

Local Premier League Communities
The scale of Premier League club delivery in their communities and regions is often underestimated, with tens of thousands of young people engaged every week at thousands of community venues and schools across the country. We also fund club community provision in the Football League and Football Conference – from Newcastle United to Plymouth Argyle, and Swansea City to Norwich City, we invest in facilities and support community programmes across the length and breadth of the country.

Global Premier League Communities
Premier Skills engages young people in challenging areas around the world. The initiative combines the global appeal of the Premier League, the British Council’s international network and our clubs’ experience in delivering community football programmes in the UK. A focus is placed on creating thousands of new community coaches and referees to work with those most vulnerable, developing their skills for employability and raising self-esteem.

Summary of Premier League Programmes

Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund
The Premier League provides capital investment to the Football Foundation in partnership with The FA and the Government via Sport England, to support football’s grass roots. A new generation of artificial pitches are being built, changing rooms upgraded and pitch drainage installed across the nation.
In partnership with: Department for Culture Media and Sport, Sport England, The FA. Delivered by: The Football Foundation

Premier League Players' Kit Scheme
The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme provides brand new Nike kit and equipment for hundreds of schools every year.
In partnership with: Nike

Premier League 4 Sport
Premier League 4 Sport offers young people the opportunity to participate in 12 other sports and inspires teenagers to develop a sporting habit for life through regular physical activity.
In partnership with: Sport England

Premier League Kicks
Premier League Kicks uses the reach and appeal of professional football clubs to engage young people from challenging communities in regular football, sport and personal development activities.
In partnership with: Sport England, MOPAC, West Midlands Police

Premier League Girls Football
Premier League Girls Football engages girls through the provision of regular football sessions and in the process aims to tackle the drop-off in participation in secondary schools.
In partnership with: The FA

Premier League School Sport
Premier League School Sport improves the quantity and quality of primary school physical education, opening pathways to other sporting opportunities and helping children develop a love of staying active.

Premier League Schools Cup
The Premier League has supported this national competition for Under 16s for over two decades with over 700 schools entering in 2014.
In partnership with: English Schools FA

Premier League Schools Tournament
Each Premier League club stage their own regional competition to find a school to represent them in the finals of the Premier League Schools Tournament with over 10,000 young footballers from more than 1,300 schools taking part in 2014.

Premier League Enterprise
Premier League Enterprise uses the backdrop of professional football club business models to deliver enterprise education, inspiring young people and increase their aspirations and skills.
In partnership with: Sport Relief, Department of Business Innovation and Skills

Premier League Reading Stars
Premier League Reading Stars harnesses children’s passion for football and uses it to motivate them to enjoy reading and improve their literacy levels.
In partnership with: National Literacy Trust

Premier Skills
Premier Skills combines the Premier League’s global appeal with the British Council’s reach to use football to develop a brighter future for young people in 25 countries around the world.
In partnership with: The British Council

Barclays Premier League Works
Brings together the business and football expertise of Barclays and the Premier League to improve the employability and financial skills of marginalised young people, whilst working to get them into jobs or further education.
In partnership with: Barclays

Premier League PFA Community Fund
The Premier League PFA Community Fund empowers professional football clubs to deliver community projects that meet the needs of their local communities in key areas including education, sports participation and disability work.
In partnership with: The PFA

Prince’s Trust
The Prince’s Trust Football Initiative is funded by the Premier League and the PFA and has helped more than 22,500 disadvantaged young people move into work, training or education since 1997.
In partnership with: The Prince’s Trust

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