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The Premier Skills initiative in Zambia, run by the Barclays Premier League and British Council, came to a close last week with SAFC’s Head of International Football Development hailing the success of the programme.

SAFC’s Graham Robinson, who delivered the final stages of the Premier Skills initiative in Zambia, was impressed by the development of the global grassroots programme in Zambia that saw all 11 coaches certified fit to deliver Premier Skills training in the country.

The 11 coaches who have become qualified Premier Skills coach educators, were the first group in Premier Skills’ history, across 28 countries, to qualify with Level 1 and Level 2 certifications.

Graham, who led phase 2 and phase 3 of the programme, said: “The planning and execution from the coaches was impeccable throughout the week. We were all very impressed with the coaching standard and following a lot of deliberation came to a conclusion that all coaches were fit to deliver the future of the programme in Zambia.


“I am confident with this cohort of coach educators in Zambia that the Premier Skills initiative is in very safe hands and will continue to thrive and grow across Zambia. I am very proud of each and every one of them and wish them all the best for the future.”

The Premier Skills initiative began in 2007 and now works in 28 countries around the world. It draws upon the Premier League’s global appeal and expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network, track record of delivery and world class expertise in English.

The visit to Zambia further strengthens Sunderland AFC’s long-held commitment and reputation for investing in community and education programmes in Africa, with the club also working with the nation of Tanzania and Symbion Power on the new Jakaya M. Kikwete Youth Park in Dar es Salaam, set to open in October, where SAFC will provide technical and practical support to the park.


Written by Israel Saria

For the last 20 years I have been working as a football pundit. This experience has provided me with a very useful insight into football and the opportunity to carry out extensive research into the game including its players, the stadiums, the rules and tactics and I have also been grateful to meet a wide range of people connected to football in the UK, Tanzania, Germany .....

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