Bri­tish Coun­cil, Premier League train Lagos, Kano coaches in soc­cer man­age­ment

Daily Trust - - SPORT - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, Lagos

The Bri­tish Coun­cil and the Premier League in United King­dom have hosted se­lected grass­root coaches, ref­er­ees and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers to a seven-day in­ten­sive train­ing on soc­cer man­age­ment at the grass­root level.

At a cer­e­mony in Lagos, the Bri­tish Coun­cil Di­rec­tor of School, Ed­u­ca­tion and So­ci­ety, Ahmed Muhammed said the train­ing pro­gramme other­wise known as “Premier Skills” is a part­ner­ship train­ing pro­gramme be­tween it and the Premier League with the ob­jec­tive to use the mes­sage of soc­cer to spread so­cial knowl­edge against the men­ace of child abuse, drug abuse, en­cour­age women equal­ity and in­clu­sion.

“The pro­gramme en­cour­ages the trained coaches to adapt lessons learnt and de­velop train­ing ses­sions in their lo­cal­ity that are ap­pro­pri­ate across a range of abil­i­ties and dis­abil­i­ties, lev­els of fit­ness and age ranges.

“They are also ex­pected to equip their stu­dents with life skills to en­able them face the fu­ture as bet­ter cit­i­zens,” Muhammed said.

Ac­cord­ing to Muhammed, the Premier Skill which be­gan in 2007 have seen to the train­ing of 17, 715 coaches and ref­er­ees, trained across 29 coun­tries and who in turn have reached more than 1.5 mil­lion young peo­ple.

He added that the se­lec­tion of coaches in both Lagos and Kano states was car­ried out in part­ner­ship with the re­spec­tive states min­istries of ed­u­ca­tion, the states foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tions, the sport com­mis­sions, among oth­ers.

A se­nior coach with the Premier League and the League Coach Ed­u­ca­tor, Paul Hughes said the ini­tia­tive will help in brightening the fu­ture of young peo­ple, of­ten in­clud­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety who are be­ing given op­por­tu­ni­ties to be­come bet­ter in­te­grated into their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, to de­velop their skills for em­ploy­a­bil­ity and to raise their self-es­teem.

“Through­out the week, the trainee coaches re­ceived ex­pert train­ing from qual­i­fied Premier Skills coaches, equip­ping them with the skills and sup­port to de­velop their own com­mu­nity foot­ball projects.

The coaches were se­lected from both Lagos and Kano, two of Nige­ria’s most pop­u­lous states with rich foot­ball his­tory.

These coaches were ex­posed to train­ing tech­niques to in­crease their un­der­stand­ing, ca­pac­ity to de­liver, and com­mit­ment to train­ing tech­niques to in­crease their un­der­stand­ing, ca­pac­ity to de­liver, and com­mit­ment to in­clu­sive com­mu­nity foot­ball projects.

“The trained coaches will then en­gage the youth who would not nor­mally have ac­cess to sim­i­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Hughes said.

Premier League train­ing

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.