Premier Skills was a unique partnership between the British Council and football’s Premier League offering opportunities to young people, including the most vulnerable in society to engage through football training and coaching enabling them to:
- better integrate with their local communities
- develop skills that make them more employable
- grow their self-esteem and confidence
Its success came from the unique mix of football’s Premier League and its global appeal, UK expertise in delivering community programmes, the reputation of the British Council as a leader in the delivery of English language learning and its ability to make global connections.
The programme offered Premier Skills English, giving teachers and learners of English free learning materials based around football content on the most recognised and exciting league in the world. Premier Skills ran in 29 countries, including Malaysia.
Sports for All
Sports for All was a programme delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust UK, UNICEF, the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees of Malaysia and the British Council.
By providing equal and greater opportunities to access sports and PE by children with special needs, the Sports for All project helped children develop life and leadership skills to increase their participation in education.
Sports for All:
- identified national lead trainers to develop and deliver training workshops on sports for children with disabilities to teachers, trainee teachers, special needs practitioners and NGO staff across Malaysia, encouraging take-up of sport by special needs children
- provided training and project funding to specialist community organisations working with children with special needs, delivering training for community PE teachers and encouraging youth volunteering with children with special needs.