SAFC continues to lead way in Premier Skills scheme

by Sunderland AFC

Coaching programme a hit in South Africa.

Sunderland AFC continues to deliver ground-breaking football coaching programme in South Africa as part of Premier Skills initiative.

Sunderland AFC’s head of international football development, Graham Robinson has been in Soweto this week as the club plays its part in the Premier Skills project, run by the Premier League and the British Council.

Graham, who is leading the workshops at the Nike Football Centre in Soweto, has been working alongside SAFC’s Foundation of Light coach, Michael Havelock and coaches from fellow Barclays Premier League club Hull City AFC, to deliver a coach development programme to over 70 grassroots and amateur South African based coaches.

As part of the programme, Graham has been delivering face-to-face training workshops with the coaches, aimed at equipping them with the skills and support needed to develop their own community football projects.

Speaking about the trip, Graham commented: “I’m very proud to represent and lead on the Premier Skills initiative in South Africa. It is a fantastic project and I have been really impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the coaches taking part.

“Sunderland has a huge following in Africa and we work on a number of projects throughout the continent with our partners. I believe that the Premier Skills project truly represents our philosophy of contributing and giving back to the communities in which we operate.”

The course ran by Graham will conclude with the Premier Skills trainees being given the opportunity to test their new skills working with 80 children invited from local schools and an awards ceremony which will also be conducted for the participating grassroots trainee coaches.

Through its many partnerships, relationships with football clubs and grassroots activities, Sunderland AFC has established itself as one of the most recognised and respected English Premier League clubs across Africa.

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