Premier Skills coaches plan a pitch session

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We are using football as a tool to engage with and develop the skills of young people. 

Drawing upon the Premier League’s domestic expertise, Premier Skills uses football to tackle a variety of social issues in the community, such as health, disability, gender, inclusion and education. 

Premier Skills in Zambia

In Zambia, we are targeting a 50/50 gender balance in our community coach and referee training.

Football is an extremely popular sport in Zambia; our participation in the Premier Skills programme engages this interest to develop leadership skills in young peopl and engage their local communities through sport training.

Since 2014, we have trained 80+ coaches and referees who will cascade leadership training and fair play practices in sport to hundreds more community-based trainers. By 2017, Premier Skills will have reached more than 10,000 young people across the country through coaches and referees.  We will also have provided thousands of teachers and learners of English with access to English language materials. 

As a result, the ability of individuals and organisations to contribute to positive social change and the strengthening of civil society will have increased.

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Premier Skills young participants gyrate after a successful tournament

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