Club head to Africa as part of Premier League project.Sunderland AFC’s head of international football development has travelled to South Africa this week to contribute to the Premier Skills project in Soweto.
Graham Robinson has travelled to the continent as part of the initiative, which is run by the Premier League and The British Council and focuses on developing community coaches and referees in chosen territories, to further support local community projects.
The Premier Skills workshop in South Africa will see 48 coaches and 20 development referees taking part in a grassroots football programme at the Nike Football Centre in Soweto.
Graham will work alongside coaches from other Barclays Premier League clubs to host the week long coaching development programme. He will lead on a number of workshops for the 48 South African based coaches, with the first phase of the grassroots coaching programme kicking off this week.
Graham said: “Having already worked on the project during the club’s tour in Hong Kong last summer, I am very much looking forward to leading the workshops and teaching local coaches the skills needed to cascade training to other grass root activities.”
“Contributing and giving back to the communities in which the club operates is of primary importance to SAFC and one that we are very proud of. We have a long-held commitment and reputation for investing in community and educations programmes in Africa and are proud to be associated with the Premier Skills project.”
The British Council has held Premier Skills initiatives in over 21 countries around the world and it has served as a tool to not only strengthen relations between nations but also strengthen the development of football.
Throughout the week Graham will be working with the local coaches on a variety of different training programmes before narrowing down the 36 coaches who will be recalled for the second phase and further training.