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Northeast Today

Premier League Coaches Train 62 Participants from Northeast

Premier League Coaches Train 62 Participants from Northeast
March 19
11:27 2018

The Premier Skills Phase 1 Coach Education course which was launched earlier this week in Guwahati concluded with a football festival on Sunday, where 62 participant coaches demonstrated the skills they acquired with nearly 100 students.

The hugely successful Premier Skills initiative, run by the Premier League and the British Council, took place from 12 to 18 March 2018. 62 participants, including grassroots coaches and physical education students from the eight states of Northeast India were part of the sessions. These participants received expert training from qualified Premier Skills coaches, giving them the skills and support to develop their own community football projects.

The course in Guwahati was led by Premier League Coach Educator Jeremy Weeks and he will be supported by UK Club coaches; Isaac Hammond from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Niamh Nolan from City in the Community, the foundation arm of Manchester City Football Club. They were joined by four Premier Skills coach educators who took part in the Premier Skills programme in India between 2013 and 2016, and who were on hand to assist the Premier League coaching team and pass on their experience to their fellow Indian coaches.

The course was jointly organised by the British Council, the Premier League, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The training was delivered at the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), North East Regional Centre, Tepesia, Sonapur in Guwahati.

The closing ceremony was also held at the LNIPE grounds. Among the dignitaries present were Professor Biswajit Basumatary, Dean LNIPE, Dr VK Sharma, Deputy Director Operations, SAI New Delhi, Jeremy Weeks, Premier League Coach Educator, Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council East and Northeast India and Dr Subhas Basumatary, Director SAI, Guwahati, Dr PB Khaund, Director Sports, Assam, DK Dinglow, Director Sports Arunachal Pradesh and Sreelakshmi Choudhury from the DoNER ministry.

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.

Through Premier Skills, young people, often including the most vulnerable in society, are given opportunities to become better integrated into their local communities, to develop their skills for employability and to raise their self-esteem.

Across 2017-18, 173 coaches from the Sports Authority of India and their affiliated institutions are expected to participate in the Phase 1 training. There is a total of three training sessions taking place over that period. The first Phase 1 training with Sports Authority of India was delivered at J L Nehru stadium New Delhi where 59 coaches from North India participated. The second Phase 1 training was delivered at the Sports Authority of India in Bangalore which provided opportunity for a further 54 coaches from South India to participate in the programme. In the current training programme, 60 coaches from Northeast India are expected to participate. In 2018-19, a selection of coaches who have competed Phase 1 training, will be undergoing the Phase 2 and Phase 3 programmes with the objective of developing Premier Skills Coach Educators who can then cascade the training to new coaches in their communities.

Premier Skills has already delivered a highly successful programme in India, training 1,100 coaches and referees, who in turn have reached 72,000 young people since the programme began in the country.

The AIFF have accredited the Premier Skills Phase 1 training as equivalent to their D Licence certification. Candidates who successfully complete the Phase 1 course will then be able to apply for an AFC C Certificate course following a period of three months of successfully completing the Phase 1 course.

Tim Vine, Director International and Government Relations, Premier League said: “Premier Skills continues to grow in popularity and strength in India and the introduction of training in Guwahati, following the successful sessions in Kerala, further acknowledges the impact that the Coach Educators have had in developing sport in local communities.”

Alan Gemmell OBE, Director British Council India said: “The Northeast is the beating heart of Indian football and inspires young Indians from all over the country to take up this sport. I’m delighted that in 2018, when my organisation is celebrating our 70th anniversary in India, we are here in Guwahati, presenting, for the first time in Northeast, the Premier Skills programme, a global partnership we have with Premier League. We are as inspired by the Northeast as the rest of India and the world.”

Dr Subhash Basumatary, Director Sports Authority of India, Guwahati said: “I am extremely happy that the British Council in collaboration with the Premier League has extended its social education programme through sports in the Northeast region of India. This part of India has always been a great resource of young footballers and such programmes will help our grassroot level trainers improve their teaching techniques and develop integration between our communities through sport.”

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