SAFC proud to play part in initiative

by Sunderland AFC

Club gard at work in Nigeria.

Sunderland AFC shows its Premier Skills as club continues to share its expertise and knowledge with future coaches.

Graham Robinson, head of international football development at SAFC, is currently supporting the Premier Skills programme in Lagos, Nigeria.

Premier Skills which was launched in 2007 uses the knowledge and expertise of the Premier League and British Council to help teach grassroots instructors, coaches and referees, the skills and confidence needed to run football and training projects in their own community.

Graham has been working alongside Premier Skills coordinator Jez Weeks in delivering coaching sessions to 26 female teachers from across the Lagos districts, with support from eight coaches from Nigeria who have reached the final stage of the Premier Skills coaching programme.

Graham said: “We have been running a number of different attacking and defending sessions in the past day and have also been looking at how to plan a session and what qualities a coach needs to succeed.

“I am happy with the overall progress of both the teachers and coaches who have adapted well to their role. 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.