Training female champions
With a goal to train female players for the national female cup, Sunderland AFC’s Head of International Football Development, Graham Robinson, is in Nigeria for another edition of the Premier Skills in Lagos.
The Premier Skills programme in partnership with British Council is helping to develop a brighter future for young people around the world drawing on its global appeal and expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK, as well as the British Council’s reputation.
The aim of the four-day course is to identify female players, aged 13 -17, within the districts of Lagos, and 26 female teachers who will receive 12 weeks training, support and guidance from the teachers. This training is to ensure that the girls chosen will represent Lagos state in the National Female Cup.
“We are very happy with the progress of both sets of groups, the coaches are adapting well to their role and the teachers have shown real commitment to learn. Myself and Jez are making sure that the coaches are supported fully and that the quality of the sessions is assured.” Graham said.
Since completing phase three of the project last September, the coaches have been delivering coaching courses and education projects in their local communities.
The Premier Skills initiative which has been held in 21 countries around the world has served as a tool to not only strengthen relations between nations but also strengthen the development of football.
Graham, who has previously delivered Premier Skills courses in Hong Kong and South Africa, is working alongside Premier Skills coordinator Jez Weeks, a senior coach and formerly Paralympic Football Competition Manager at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Graham, who has visited the African continent several times this year as part of Sunderland AFC’s activities in the continent said: “We are committed to helping transform the continent’s football development and it is a great honour to work with Premier Skills and the Lagos State Football Association on this worthwhile project.”
Sunderland AFC is considered one of the most recognised and respected Barclays Premier League clubs across Africa and through its many partnerships, relationships and grass root activities, African fans can truly see the impact SAFC is having on many people’s lives. Sunderland AFC continues to support ground-breaking football programme in Nigeria.
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