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British Council’s Premier Skills programme is back to Cairo

The British Council’s Premier Skills programme is back to Cairo

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Feb 2019
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Participants at one of the Premier Skills Coach Educator courses (Photo courtesy of the British Council Egypt Communications Officer)
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The British Council’s Premier Skills programme is back to Cairo.

The hugely successful Premier Skills programme, which uses football as a tool to develop a brighter future for young people around the world, returns to Cairo this month.

A Premier Skills Coach Educator course will run from 12 to 16 February at Maadi Olympic Centre in the Egyptian capital and will see nineteen participants from eight governorates across the country to take part in workshops and training sessions, where they will acquire the knowledge and skills required to run their own community football sessions.

Premier Skills integrates learning and development in marginalised Egyptian communities at a grass-roots level and changes the perceptions of women in football, by empowering them through coach educator training and community development.

One of the female participants, a coach educator and school teacher, Sara Sabry, said, “After I originally started the Premier Skills training, it opened my eyes to a new world of teaching football. I learned – not only about football – but also things like social communications; it was never limited to being just a trainer or a coach. I was able to speak to other females about football and overcoming cultural and social challenges and norms.”

The course is being jointly organised by the British Council, Premier League and the Ministry of Youth and Sports and will be delivered by Premier Skills UK Coach Educators, Graham Robinson and Paul Hughes, who will run a combination of classroom-based lessons and on-pitch technical sessions.

“This is a wonderful programme, in my view, for all kinds of reasons, and I am very proud of the work that the British Council and the Ministry of Youth and Sports have been able to achieve with the Premier League trainers.  Every girl should learn the confidence that a new skill brings,” commented British Council Egypt Country Director Elizabeth White.

Kate Hodgkinson, head of international relations at the Premier League said, “To date, more than 3,000 Premier Skills coaches and referees have been trained in Egypt and are now out delivering football sessions in local communities – up skilling and educating thousands more. As well as this, nine of the nineteen participants taking part in this Premier Skills Coach Educator course are female, which is an encouraging development as we look to empower more women through football”.

 

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