Premier League Inspires
Premier League Inspires is a personal development programme, developed by the Premier League and professional football clubs, and supported by the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA).
It is predominantly delivered in secondary schools and pupil referral units.
Launched in 2019, the programme uses the power of football to inspire young people aged 11-18 at risk of not reaching their potential, to develop the personal skills and positive attitudes needed to succeed in life.
Premier League Inspires empowers participants to develop personal, social, employability and life-skills, through a series of regular face-to-face group sessions, mentoring, workshops and social-action projects, providing pupils with the help they need now and supporting them to plan for their future.
More than 29,000 young people have benefitted from their involvement in Premier League Inspires to date.
Premier League Inspires Challenge
Funding from the Premier League and Premier League Charitable Fund's partners also supports youth social action through the annual Premier League Inspires Challenge.
The Challenge helps young people to learn about some of the challenges facing their football club and community, exploring ways to overcome these issues.
During Season 2022/23, participants developed environmental sustainability Protect the Planet social action projects.
For Season 2023/24 clubs will be looking at mental health, as part of the Premier League's Inside Matters campaign.
Premier League Inspires objectives
Through Premier League Inspires, the Premier League and professional football clubs will:
- support young people to improve their wellbeing
- develop young people's character and life-skills
- help schools keep pupils present and committed
- provide young people with access to more opportunities
- enable young people to plan for the future and be work ready
- 29,000+ young supported to date
- 45 Premier League and EFL clubs are helping young people to develop the personal skills and positive attitudes needed to succeed in life
- 960+ secondary schools and alternative providers engaged
- 125,000+ hours of targeted support
- More than 1,900 school sessions supported by men's and women's first team, academy, or former players
- 40 per cent of participants are female
- From a sample of 2,645 participants, 81 per cent demonstrated more positive behaviours and 82 per cent progressed into education, employment or training
- Premier League has invested more than £11.1 million into the programme through the Premier League Charitable Fund