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Premier Skills

Premier Skills is run overseas in collaboration with the British Council

Premier Skills is the Premier League’s lead international development project which helps the development of community coaches and referees all over the world, along with the production of learning materials to enhance people’s English language skills.

Run in collaboration with the British Council, Premier Skills sees 22 separate week-long courses being delivered to 1,000 people in 15 countries across Africa and Asia, with a tailor-made emphasis on leadership skills designed to benefit the participants’ communities.

A staggering 300,000 young people have been involved in activities delivered by the newly-trained Premier Skills coaches and Phase 2 of the project, providing a deeper level of training to the most promising coaches, was launched in April 2010.

Plans to expand Premier Skills over the next three years are in place, with a new focus on referee training and specific courses for potential referees delivered by former Professional Game Match Officials General Manager, Keith Hackett.

Key Points

  • Project boosts English language skills
  • People across Africa and Asia taught leadership
  • Scheme has helped more than 300,000 young people

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