CHICAGO (March 16, 2015) –Â The Premier League and the British Councilâ€™s hugely successful Premier Skills initiative will run a community coach training course from Monday, March 23 to Thursday, March 26 2015. The intensive training for grassroots coaches will focus on sports-based youth development through soccer. Trainees will be selected from community development and youth service organizations that work in under-resourced neighborhoods across the city of Chicago.
The Premier Skills program uses soccer to develop a brighter future for young people around the world, drawing upon the global appeal of the Premier League and its expertise in delivering community programs, alongside the British Councilâ€™s global network and track record of grassroots program delivery.
Through Premier Skills coach training, which features both interactive classroom-based learning and on-the-field technical training, over 2,800 grassroots coaches in 25 countries have learned valuable coaching, leadership, communication and soccer skills. Â As a result, trainees are better able to perform in their role as coaches and mentors to young people.
Premier Skills provides an opportunity for young people, including societyâ€™s most vulnerable, to develop their soccer and life skills, raise their self-esteem, and have a safe place to play. Premier Skills-trained community coaches have reached 585,000 young people so far.
The course in Chicago is jointly organized by the British Council, the Premier League and local partners Beyond the Ball, Boys & Girls Club Chicago Ě¶ Little Village, Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Chicago Fire Foundation, Chicago Park District, and World Sport Chicago.
Throughout the week, trainees will receive expert training, led by a Premier League coach, and assisted by expert community coaches from Premier League club Aston Villa FC and from the Chicago Fire Soccer Club.
â€śPremier Skills is a terrific initiative that weâ€™re proud to be a part of,â€ť said Chicago Fire Director of Youth Development Paul Cadwell. â€śThrough these training programs, weâ€™ll provide youth service workers with soccer knowledge and skills to best utilize our sport as a part of their incredible efforts.â€ť
â€śI am proud Premier Skills has made Chicago their first home in the United States to kick-off this globally successful program,â€ť said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. â€śThe community coach training portion of the Premier Skillsâ€™ program is particularly important because by partnering with local coaches to work in their communities, Premier Skills is in turn providing high quality active engagement for children from across Chicago.â€ť
WHAT: An intensive training course for community soccer coaches as part of the Premier League and British Councilâ€™s Premier Skills program.
WHEN: Monday, March 23 to Thursday, March 26 2015
WHO: Grassroots coaches from community development and youth service organizations working in Chicagoâ€™s under-resourced neighborhoods.
About Premier Skills in the US
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 draws upon the Premier Leagueâ€™s global appeal and expertise in delivering community programs in the UK, alongside the British Councilâ€™s global network, track record of delivery and world class expertise in English.
In the US, Premier Skills is run with support, expertise and program experience of local partners Beyond the Ball, Boys & Girls Club Chicago Ě¶ Little Village, Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Chicago Fire Foundation, Chicago Park District, and World Sport Chicago; and in association with Major League Soccer.
Premier Skills is a proven model, having already delivered tremendous impact in 26 countries up to 2014: Afghanistan, Botswana, Brazil, Burma, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia (including Libyan participants), Uganda, USA, Vietnam and Zambia.
For more on Premier Skills visit http://www.britishcouncil.org/society/sport/current-programmes/premier-skills.
To find out more and download free, compelling learning materials, drawing on football-based content from the most exciting football league in the world, visit http://premierskills.britishcouncil.org.