Club official tutors coaches in Nigeria

by Sunderland AFC

Ground-breaking coaching programme reaches its conclusion.

Sunderland AFC’s head of international football development, Graham Robinson, has been delivering football courses and workshops to coaches and teachers as part of Premier Skills initiative in Nigeria. 

The Premier Skills programme which uses football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world, took place in Lagos, Nigeria last week.

The week long programme kicked off with Graham working with eight coaches from across Nigeria, who had qualified to the final phase of the programme.

As part of the final phase of the programme, the coaches delivered a number of intensive training sessions for 26 grassroots female teachers across Lagos, with Graham and Premier Skills coordinator Jez Weeks supporting the group along the way.

Graham said: “The coaches have done a fantastic job all week, they have impressed me with their knowledge and creativity but most importantly with the quality of the sessions they have delivered.”

Following the week long programme, the coaches were informed that they had passed the Premier Skills programme and that they would be assisting in developing the initiative in Nigeria.

Graham commented: “It has been a long but fruitful process for the coaches and they can hold their heads up high knowing they have done a great job. They now have the knowledge, resources and tools in place to deliver Premier Skills in Nigeria.”

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 continued: “I would like to thank all partners for what has been a successful week, the programme has made a lot of progress and I believe that Premier Skills will go from strength to strength in Nigeria.

“Sunderland has, and always will be, a club with a firm focus on the importance of community and football development. Community football is the starting point for many players and we are proud to play a part in the development of football in Nigeria.”

African fans are being welcomed into the family of Sunderland supporters in increasing numbers and with Graham’s work, those supporters can see the impact Sunderland AFC is having on many people’s lives.