Premier Skills uses the inspirational power of football to support marginalised young people around the world.  The programme empowers grassroots coaches and referees to work with young people, to develop their skills and confidence.  Premier Skills is a global partnership between the British Council and the Premier League.  

After 15 years, we are proud to have completed our training programme in Uganda.  We have reached over 2,200 coaches and referees, who have returned to their communities to develop the skills and confidence of 25,123 young people. 

Together with Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), National Council of Sports, Ministry of Education & Sports, Soccer Without Borders, Hope for Justice (Retrak), Children At Risk Network (CRANE), TACKLE Africa, Golden Boots Uganda, Kids Club Kampala, Edgars Youth Programme, Katwe Youth Development Association (KAYDA), Integrated Community Action for Development (ICAD). We have created sustainable networks of coaches and coach educators, ready to continue our work.  The aim is for them to go on to develop new community football projects, harnessing the power of football to build a brighter future for young people around the world.  

Why is the programme closing in my country?

Working with local partners in Uganda, we have achieved the training programme objectives and have developed a sustainable network of coaches and coach educators, to ensure marginalised young people continue to benefit as part of the legacy of the programme. 

Will Premier Skills continue?

Yes, the Premier Skills programme will continue with a focus on supporting young people in schools. The latest information about the programme along with a range of digital resources can be found on

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