Here, Premier Skills has trained 2,044 coaches and referees, who have in turn engaged and inspired 5,383 young people on community football projects.
Through cascade activities, Afghanistan’s 15 Coach Educators have used their skills to train new coaches in provinces across the country, connecting with communities to share their knowledge, improve professionalism in football and promote volunteerism and leadership.
Through cascade sessions aimed exclusively at women, Premier Skills has also helped to increase the number of female coaches, who have gone on to engage other women in their communities through football. These women have played a significant role in promoting gender equality, reducing conflict and violence and contributing to overall positive change throughout the country.
Botswana’s 910 coaches and referees have used community football projects to reach 23,393 young people, helping to address some of the country’s key social issues, including the stigma attached to people with HIV/AIDS and a lack of opportunities for women and girls. Here, Premier Skills has also supported English teaching through football, working with the Ministry of Basic Education and the Botswana Association of English Teachers to train English teachers in primary and junior secondary schools.
The programme has also helped to increase opportunities for vulnerable children through initiatives such as a Premier Skills sports festival in Bontleng, a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Gaborone.
Here, the 596 community coaches and referees trained through Premier Skills have reached a total of 12,444 young people across the country.
In Malaysia, the programme has had a strong focus on reaching out to rural and marginalised communities, helping to address inclusion and the rights of women, while providing opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk young people. All-female coaching courses have helped to increase a passion for football and an awareness of community development amongst women. Many female community coaches have supported each other by co-coaching on sessions, while others have formed their own small footballing communities to play and train, helping to build their confidence and experience.
Malaysia’s Premier Skills Coach Educators have worked with the Asian Football Confederation’s joint UNHCR programme to engage refugee communities in Malaysia, providing coaching support to improve self-reliance, empowerment and inclusion within the country’s refugee communities.
In Myanmar, Premier Skills has achieved a positive impact on grassroots football by increasing participation in rural and marginalised communities. The country’s 286 community coaches and referees have reached 6,629 young people, including those in Internally Displaced Person camps. In particular, the programme has helped to encourage more women and girls, especially those in rural communities, to train and play.
Before attending Premier Skills, we only focused on the sport itself, but after the training, we learnt how to use football to develop our communities. It is a training that encourages inclusion, regardless of disability, gender and age.
Premier Skills Community Coach, Myanmar
Through strong national partnerships with the Sudanese Football Association, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Association of Sports Development, Premier Skills in Sudan has helped to tackle some of the country’s key social issues, including nutritional health and hygiene, inclusion and drug addiction.
Here, 718 community coaches have reached 18,678 young people through community football projects, and Sudan’s 16 Coach Educators continue to reach out to new coaches across communities.
The positive change in the children’s’ behaviour and attitude was notable. They have been more accepting to others and some have shown some early signs of leadership.
Azhari, Premier Skills Coach Educator, Sudan
In Senegal, 383 community coaches and referees have reached 25,416 young people across the country. Here, Premier Skills is focused on supporting women and girls’ empowerment through football, and local projects set up by a cohort of female coaches engaged 500 community members. One such project to help mothers grow vegetables, has provided livelihoods for women and strengthened the community by the introduction of a new urban gardening project.
A national football tournament brought together 100 girls from 12 regions to raise awareness about football and motivated participants to become more active members in their communities.
I never had any football training before being involved in Premier Skills. Now, I have been able to start my own football club, just months after the first training.
Ouleye, Premier Skills Community Coach, Senegal
Here, Premier Skills has helped to promote peace and tolerance within communities and to change perceptions about women and girls’ participation in sport.
Community coaches have used football sessions to equip children with key social skills, while Physical Education teachers in schools have received training to help them implement best practices in relation to child welfare in sports activities.
In total, 1,493 community coaches and referees have been trained across Tunisia, who have in turn reached 91,798 young people.
Society’s perception of football has changed. It is no longer a men’s sport, but women as well are keen to be part of it, and able to succeed.
Physical Education Teacher, Tunisia
In Uganda, Premier Skills has supported the wellbeing of many of the country’s ‘street’ children through community football clinics, aimed at equipping them with new life skills and educational opportunities, and helping them become healthier, more confident members of society.
Through the programme, community coaches from slum areas have been empowered to engage disadvantaged young people and develop their communities through social action projects. A total of 1,911 community coaches and referees have reached 24,924 young people across Uganda.
Eight of the children I’ve worked with have been reunited with their families and are now in school. Another 22 have enrolled back into school thanks to bursaries I’ve secured for them from local organisations.
Kazibwe, Premier Skills Community Coach, Uganda
Here, Premier Skills has helped to develop young people’s leadership skills and the capacity of individuals and organisations to contribute to positive change within their communities. A strong legacy of the programme has been the support given to academies to enable them to develop sustainable income models, alongside equipping community coaches with business and entrepreneurial skills for the future.
Across Zambia, 803 community coaches and referees have supported 6,452 young people.