SAFC paving the way

by Sunderland AFC

Club unearthing talent in Nigeria.

Sunderland AFC continues to support ground-breaking football programme in Nigeria.

This week Sunderland AFC’s head of international football development, Graham Robinson, has been supporting the Premier Skills initiative in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Sunderland delegate has been working alongside Premier Skills coordinator Jez Weeks in supporting eight coaches from Nigeria who have reached Phase 4, the final stage of the Premier Skills coaching programme.

As part of the coaches Phase 4 training they have been delivering dribbling and passing sessions to 26 female teachers from across the Lagos districts. The teachers, who have been chosen by the Lagos State Football Association, have been undergoing an intense Phase 1 course of the programme.

Graham said: “We are very happy with the progress of both sets of groups, the coaches are adapting well to their role and the teachers have shown real commitment to learn. Myself and Jez are making sure that the coaches are supported fully and that the quality of the sessions is assured.”

The aim of the four-day course is to identify female players, aged 13 -17, within the districts of Lagos, who will receive 12 weeks training, support and guidance by the teachers. It is hoped that following the training these girls will represent Lagos state in the National Female Cup.

Graham, who has visited the African continent several times this year as part of Sunderland AFC’s activities in the continent said: “We are committed to helping transform the continent’s football development and it is a great honour to work with Premier Skills and the Lagos State Football Association on this worthwhile project.”

Sunderland AFC has established itself as one of the most recognised and respected Barclays Premier League clubs across Africa and through its many partnerships, relationships and grass root activities, African fans can truly see the impact SAFC is having on many people’s lives.