EPL Helping SA Coaches Land Licenses
Premier Skills, the global coach and referee development programme run by the English Premier League and the British Council, has gotten underway in Tshwane.
Since Premier Skills began in 2007, they say that 17,715 coaches and referees have been trained in around 29 different countries, with those 17,715 coaches and referees having, in turn, reached about 1.5 million young people.
Tim Vine, the Premier League Director of International Relations, says that the programme is looking to triple in size in South Africa as they take part in their fifth year of working in the country following their entrance into the country in 2013.
He said in a press release, “Premier Skills has already had a huge impact around the world, and more specifically in South Africa where we have run the programme since 2013. Since the project’s inception, we have trained over 200 hugely talented and passionate community coaches and referees, who have passed on their experience to over 13 500 young people coming into the game for the first time.
“This new phase to Premier Skills in South Africa will triple the size and impact of what we are doing in the country, as we bring out Premier League club coaches to work alongside South African coach educators to deliver SAFA-accredited courses to a raft of new participants. We are looking forward to this third South African phase one course in Tshwane.”
This Phase One course, which is taking place at the High-Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria, is being led by Premier League Coach Educator Graham Robinson, as well as Alex Curran and Steven Bell, community coaches from Middlesbrough FC and Newcastle United FC respectively.
In their release, it was explained that Premier Skills “draws upon Premier League’s global appeal and expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network, a track record of delivery and world-class expertise in English.
“Premier Skills is a proven model, influencing institutional approaches to social action through football as well as providing direct training to coaches and referees.”
Since the start of 2017 in South Africa over 100 community coaches have received a CAF D license from the courses that took place in Cape Town and Durban as part of their partnership with the South African Football Association.