Zambian coaches benefit from Black Cats

by Sunderland AFC

SAFC continue Premier Skills work.

Coaches from Zambia are benefiting from a ground-breaking football initiative led by Sunderland AFC delegates.

This week, SAFC’s head of international football development, Graham Robinson, has been educating future coaches the skills needed to improve their coaching portfolio thanks to Premier Skills initiative.

Graham who has travelled to Lusaka, Zambia this week said: “We have been delivering a number of different coaching sessions to the36 coaches, including passing, dribbling and attacking sessions. These sessions will help improve the portfolio of our coaches and their ability to run projects in their local communities.”

The Premier Skills programme which uses football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world, draws upon the global appeal of the Premier League and its expertise in delivering community projects in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network and track record of delivery.

As part of the Zambia Premier Skills programme, the 36 coaches have also been learning how to develop long term plan for football projects, with the coaches been tasked to generate ideas for future projects.

Tackle Africa also delivered a presentation to the coaches about how they can use the medium of football to deliver key messages about HIV and aids.

Following the presentation, Graham and Caroline Ames from the club’s Foundation of Light gave the coaches an insight into the club’s work in Africa and how it has established itself as one of the most recognised and respected English Premier League clubs across Africa due to its partnerships, football club relationships and grass-roots activities.

The Black Cats boast two partner clubs in Africa – Bidvest Wits in South Africa and Asante Kotoko in Ghana – and are currently spearheading an exciting academy project in Tanzania, in addition to a range of partnership and sponsorship agreements.