Using football to tackle a variety of community social issues such as gender, disability, inclusion, education and health, Premier Skills combines the reach of the British Council with the global appeal of the Premier League using football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world.

The programme has already had a tremendous impact in 20 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas.

As of 2014, Premier Skills has trained 2,300 coaches and referees  in 23 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas, who in turn have reached a further 500,000 young people. It aims to train a further 3,000 coaches and referees and through them reach more than 300,000 young people.

In Burma, Premier Skills Phase 1 took place from 20th to 26th May 2014, with intensive training for 48 grassroots football coaches selected from across Myanmar. Throughout the week the trainees received expert training from qualified Premier Skills coaches, giving them the skills and support to develop their own community football projects.

In March 2015 Premier Skills returned to Myanmar to deliver second phase training to 36 grassroots coaches. The coaches were trained in the skills to develop their own football projects, to run quality tournaments and festivals, alongside refining their coaching skills to better transfer skills and knowledge to other coaches.

Over the course of the next two years a core group of local coach educators will be trained to then take Premier Skills forward, passing on what they have learnt by training up yet more grassroots coaches, ensuring the project’s long term sustainability in Burma. 


  • to engage street children (including vulnerable children) in a range of constructive activities within a safe environment
  • to create progression routes into education, training and livelihoods for street children and their communities
  • to encourage young people, community coaches, youth leaders and others to volunteer for projects and support development within their communities
  • integrate an English language component into community football, by providing positive learning experiences through the global appeal of Premier League football.