The Football Initiative of The Prince's Trust was launched at Old Trafford by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1997, and 14 years later it has the support of more than 60 clubs, including all 20 in the Premier League.
In partnership together, football and The Trust has helped more than 15,000 young people gain momentum to move into employment, education or training and the Premier League and its Clubs have played an integral role in supporting the work of The Prince's Trust.
The Premier League has announced another three years of support for The Trust and this will see the continuing delivery of the Get Started With Football programme, a week-long course for 14-25-year-olds who are not involved in education, employment or training to get trained by qualified football professionals.
The aim of the free programme is to increase levels of employability, encourage young people to think about how they can get into education, employment or training and generally raise life aspiration.
In a practical sense, it involves a variety of football-based coaching as well as education and vocational sessions, all of which encourage participants to gain new skills, confidence and a football coaching qualification.
Get Into Football sees the young people taking part in the following sessions:
- Emergency first aid training
- Junior Football Organisers qualification
- Community awareness
- Sexual health
- Healthy eating
- An enterprise challenge
These sessions are designed to help participants develop an array of skills that would make them attractive to a potential employer, adopt a healthier lifestyle and give them heightened ambition.