Premier League and British Council to hold Premier Skills Showcase at the Soccerex African Forum
Soccerex has confirmed a new agreement with the Premier League and the British Council which will see the hosting of a Premier Skills showcase event alongside the Soccerex African Forum 2013 in Durban.
Premier Skills is a global partnership between the British Council and the Premier League which uses football as a tool to engage with and develop the skills of young people. One of its core aims is to improve the quality of local football by providing face-to-face training for grassroots coaches and referees, using highly skilled coach and referee trainers from the Premier League and its clubs.
Premier Skills has gone to 21 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas, including 12 in Africa. Since 2007 Premier Skills has created training opportunities benefitting 2,300 grassroots coaches and referees who in turn have reached more than 450,000 young people.
Commenting on the announcement of the Showcase, Tim Vine, Head of Public Affairs at the Premier League, said:
“We are very pleased to be involved in the Soccerex Africa Forum in Durban again, this time showcasing to delegates the positive impact Premier Skills is having across the continent. Premier Skills is at the forefront of our international development strategy and it is in Africa, working in partnership with the British Council, National Governments and Football Associations, that it having the most widespread effect."
“Over these next three years we plan to take Premier Skills on a significant step in Africa, further developing it in existing countries and expanding it into new ones. The Soccerex Africa Forum provides us with the opportunity to not only promote the hugely positive impact the project can have, but to also engage with many of the key decision makers in Africa in one place.”
Soccerex CEO, Duncan Revie said:
“It is great to have the Premier League involved with our African Forum once again and we are delighted to be working with the British Council. The development of football in Africa is a key theme for the event and the inclusion of this Premier Skills showcase, alongside contributions from CAF and the South African Ministry of Sport, only strengthens this focus”.
The Soccerex African Forum will return to Durban, 1-2 October 2013, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium to build on the hugely successful 2012 event.
The Forum brings the leading decision makers in African football together with businesses from across the continent and the world for two days of unrivalled learning, networking and business opportunities with the aim of uniting the business of football in Africa.
The event will see 1,000 senior football decision makers under one roof in a vibrant networking environment. By being part of this industry leading event you are placing your business at the heart of the African football industry.