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. It combines English and football, two truly universal languages.
Since the first pilot in 2007, the project has been delivered across 20 countries: Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Korea, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.
The programme concentrates on face-to-face training for coaches and referees, using highly skilled trainers from the English Premier League and its clubs. The participants are then supported in developing their own community-focused football projects.
Premier Skills in Nigeria
Through Premier Skills, I have been able to reach out the people in my community using football as a tool to address environmental issues. The exercise has really touched the life of people in my community and it has transformed them from being disorderly to being clean and tidy. Now they know the importance of health environment. – Ruth Okafor, Coach Educator
Premier Skills is indeed a unique training opportunity which has helped me improve my coaching skills and my community. My project uses football and Art & Craft to train, equip and build the students confidence in taking up responsibilities at local authority pry school at Orile Iganmu Lagos Nigeria. – Emmanuel Okere, Project manager, Premier Skills Swansea
How can I get involved?
We work through partners Lagos, Kano and plateau states. Please contact us if you'd like further information.