Monday 13 August 2012
The excitement and drama of the extraordinary 2011/12 Barclays Premier League campaign can be relived in the latest Premier League Season Review.
The annual report, which is released this week, not only looks back at the incredible action on the pitch but also shines a light on the Premier League’s work in other areas such as supporter services, commercial and broadcast partnerships and finance.
Some of the biggest figures in the game have contributed to the Review including Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard and Everton boss David Moyes.
Mancini reveals what it was like to win the title in such incredible circumstances, Lampard writes about his club's memorable season while Moyes explains the importance of investment in Youth Development.
The celebrations for the Premier League's 20 Seasons are covered, with full details of all the Awards winners as well as an exclusive interview with Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, who won the prestigious Player of the 20 Seasons accolade.
There is a revealing article with former Manchester United defender and now TV analyst Gary Neville, who gives a candid insight into the work and planning that goes into the acclaimed Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports.
The Review explains how the Elite Player Performance Plan will work in what is the most fundamental restructuring of how English football produces talented young players.
There is also a focus on the financial side of football and how resources are reinvested to provide the fans with what they want and what the game needs, such as the acquisition and development of the best possible players, safe and welcoming stadia and facilities and the ability to maintain the Premier League’s proud record of work in our communities.
The Premier League takes its responsibilities to HM Revenue & Customs very seriously and tax expert Pete Hackleton observes in the report that the beneficiaries include the Exchequer with, for the first time, the League generating over £1bn in tax payments per annum.
Grass-roots football and community programmes are a vital part of the Premier League's work and the Review focuses on initiatives such as PL4Sport, which is helping to build a legacy for some of the Olympic sports, and Kickz, the groundbreaking partnership with the police force which uses the power of football to engage youngsters in some of the most deprived areas of the country.
Kickz has proved to be such a success that it is now being exported around the world to Brazil, India and Indonesia and the Review features a touching account of when 10 youngsters from Rio de Janeiro made a chance-of-a-lifetime trip to London earlier this year.
The need to eliminate discrimination wherever possible has been a major theme over the last year. Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis explains how clubs take their responsibilities seriously and strive to achieve fairness and equal treatment for all regardless of their background in keeping with the objective of the Premier League's Equality Standard.
Click here to read the Premier League 2011/12 Season Review