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The British Council has been delivering the hugely successful Premier Skills programme in South Africa for over 10 years. 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. Drawing upon the Premier Leagues’ domestic expertise, it uses football to tackle a variety of social issues in the community, such as health, disability, gender, inclusion, and education.

Premier Skills has already delivered tremendous impact in 29 countries across Asia, Africa, and America. Since 2007, it has created training opportunities benefitting over 32,000 beneficiaries who in turn have reached more than 1.7 million young people.

The British Council and Premier League in partnership with the Department of Basic Education have developed a Premier Skills Physical Education Coaching programme for Physical Education, Life-skills teachers, and School Sports Assistants.

The course syllabus, accredited by South African Council for Educators, provides teachers and coaches in South Africa with world-class coaching training, learning resources and physical education activities, using the power of football to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

The expert training that prospective young people receive through Premier Skills will also help the long- term health of Physical Education and Sport in South Africa. Find out more about Premier Skills.

Premier Skills English

In addition to coaching, Premier Skills also offers a range of football-based education materials for teachers and learners of English, which have been developed using the British Council’s world-class expertise in English.

Premier Skills English has a dedicated website, which provides a variety of online and downloadable learning materials such as games, competitions, and classroom resources. Visit the Premier Skills English website for more information.

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