Football
Premier Skills

What is Premier Skills?

Premier Skills is a partnership between the Premier League and the British Council which uses football as a tool to engage with and develop the skills of young people.

How does Premier Skills work?

  • Premier League club coaches (and local coach educators) provide face-to-face training for grassroots coaches and referees, giving them the skills and support to develop their own community football projects.
  • The programme works with local partners to set up and support community projects that address specific needs and engage marginalised or at risk youth through regular football sessions.
  • Teachers and learners of English are provided with a range of football-based learning materials, accessed through face-to-face training and digitally, including a dedicated Premier Skills website.

Our track record in Ethiopia

During the past three years, Premier Skills in Ethiopia has: 

  • Provided capacity building training, offered by Premier League trainers from the UK, to 48 community football coaches, 22 football referees and 12 football goalkeepers.
  • Appointed eight community coaches as local coach educators, with the capacity to replace the Premier League coach trainers.
  • In the past year alone, supported local coach educators in offering introductory coaching training to 66 grassroots community coaches.  
  • Helped community coaches to cascade their skills, who in turn engaged with nearly 10,000 young people, helping them get involved in diverse social action projects focusing on education, health, social inclusion and cohesion issues.
  • Organised policy dialogue and awareness raising opportunities for leaders and representatives of sport and other sectors in use of sport for social development and community engagement.
  • Provided access to Premier Skills football-based English language resources for 2,000 teachers and nearly 100,000 learners in over 250 secondary schools in five regions, contributing to their English language proficiency.

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