Grassroots Coaching Programme Upskills Durban Football


Premier Skills, the global coach and referee development programme run by the Premier League and the British Council, returns to Durban. The Premier Skills, Phase Two course will run between 14-19 May 2018 and will provide intensive training for 38 grassroots football coaches and 24 new referees.

Premier Skills uses football 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 programmes in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network and track-record of delivery.

This Premier Skills Phase Two course, will be hosted at Hoy Park in KwaZulu Natal and will see Premier Skills coaches provide both training sessions and educational materials to participants who will then be able to use and share their newly acquired skills in their own schools and communities.

The course in Durban is being jointly organised by the British Council, Premier League and SAFA and will be led by Premier League Coach Educator Graham Robinson, who will be supported by UK Club Coaches, Dave Lawrence from West Bromwich Albion F.C. and Alex Curran from Newcastle United F.C.

Local Premier Skills Coach Educator Nomonde Mashabane, who completed the programme in 2015, is committed to the growth of women’s football locally and works to train new coaches in communities across South Africa. She said: “I have loved being part of this programme, I have a real passion for women’s football and programmes such as Premier Skills expands the game irrespective of gender, race or ability.”

Premier League Director of International Relations, Tim Vine said:

“Premier Skills has already had a huge impact around the world, and notably here in South Africa where we have run the programme since 2013.

“This new phase two Premier Skills course in Durban will further develop the participating coaches’ experience in areas like running youth tournaments and festivals, and how to use football to engage particularly hard to reach young people.

“We have a strong team of Premier League Club coaches delivering the course, alongside our excellent South African coach educators, who will be able to relay their experiences of progressing through the project themselves. I am sure Premier Skills will continue to have a hugely positive impact on all those taking part.”

British Council Country Director, Colm McGivern said:

“Joining Premier Skills is like getting a free-kick for your future.  It’s just what you want, just when you need it most, and could change the course of your life.  This training programme reaches the heart of South African communities and creates opportunities for leaders to develop their capability using sport, and football in particular to increase their life chances and those they meet and train.  Working alongside one of the biggest UK brands – the Premier League – the British Council is proud to offer this opportunity to a new cohort of inspirational figures in community sport.”

Coaches and referees from the following NGOs and Football Clubs will participate in the Durban leg of the programme:

  • Amazulu FC
  • Peace Players International
  • Whizzkids United
  • Phinduvuye
  • Football Ambassadors
  • Special X.I FC

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