Premier Skills in Afghanistan

Premier Skills in Afghanistan

Premier Skills has built a strong partnership with the Afghanistan Football Federation and successfully ran a Coach Education programme from 2013-2015, resulting in 15 newly qualified Premier Skills coach educators and 11 referees.

Through cascade activities, these Coach Educators have used their skills to train new community coaches in the provinces across the country. They made strong connection with communities aiming to share their knowledge and skills, which has led to a huge increase in number of coaches, football clubs, football teams and football players in different parts of the country. This has helped improving professionalism in football and promoted volunteerism and leadership.

By conducting cascade sessions aimed exclusively at women, Premier Skills has also helped 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.

Since 2015, the project has used Introduction to Community Coaching training courses to address the needs of football coaches, young football players and schools’ physical education teachers.

Since I joined the Premier Skills programme, I have improved my presentation, communication and planning skills. This programme gave me the confidence and enabled me to deliver comprehensive and interesting coaching sessions and now coaching national teams

Arezo Rahimi, Premier Skills Coach Educator


  • 1,500 coaches and referees trained
  • 6,500 young people engaged and inspired on community football projects
  • In 2017, 53% of trained coaches were women and girls 

Football School of Life

In 2017, Abdul Razaq Momrak, Coach Educator used his knowledge and skills gained from Premier Skills programme to train 30 community coaches and schools’ Physical Education teachers in Kabul city. At the end of training he conducted a festival called Football School of Life where 64 girls and 64 boys attended the festival. 

The aim of this festival was to bring children together to play football, develop team-working skills and use these activities to encourage and demonstrate tolerance and acceptance among children from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. 

Children attending football festival and tournaments are coming from different family background, speaking different languages and they are from different ethnic groups and sometimes they fight with each other as they don’t respect the differences. Football festival and tournaments bring them together and while playing in a team, they support each other to achieve their common goals. This way they become more friendly, improve tolerance and respect their differences and accept each other.    

Yesterday we went to the football festival with several school students. I was very excited and wanted to get to the destination as soon as possible. It was the first time I'd been up close on the football playing field. I had just seen it on TV before, and it was live and enjoyable to attend that football field and play football there.

We were divided into groups, and the programme started. Fantastic competitions excited us. Not just football, but English, geography, and maths. The ethical behaviour of trainers made that day unforgettable. The pleasure of winning some matches was enjoyable and losing some matches taught us that we can win, with more effort. I learned that team strength and teamwork have a significant impact, and things alone cannot move well.

We must try to do our best to do a job; the pleasure of victory can be delightful. In everything, there must be discipline, ethics and ethical behaviour everywhere, and it makes relationships more honest. 

Farhnaz Ghaznawi, a student who attended the festival


  • Afghanistan Football Federation 
  • Moby Group (2013-2014)
  • Afghan Premier League (2013-2014)