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Foundation Delivers Premier Skills In China

Newcastle United Foundation Football Development Officer, Peter Jackson, travelled to Rizhao in China last week after being invited to develop the skills of Chinese coaches through the Premier Skills programme.

The initiative, delivered in partnership with the Premier League and the British Council, aims to develop Chinese coaches through coach educators.

By bringing in experienced staff from established clubs, including Newcastle United Foundation, the five day course brings together practical on field coaching and in-depth theory sessions to educate aspiring coaches on subjects such as coaching methodology and effective communication.

At the end of the course, the coaches headed to a football festival where they put what they had learned into action, running sessions for 80 local school children.

Premier Skills currently operates in 19 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas. To date, more than 20,000 Premier Skills coaches and referees have reached more than 1.6 million children and young people across the world.

Peter Jackson, Football Development Officer for Newcastle United Foundation said:  “The coaches had a good knowledge of the Premier League and were very excited to have someone from Newcastle United involved in and supporting their learning.

“These coaches have such potential to benefit their local communities and it’s going to be great to see what they can do with the skills they’ve learned. Hopefully it has opened their eyes to the importance of safeguarding, diversity, and inclusion as well as the finer points of coaching in football.

“The exchange of ideas has been extremely useful. It’s made me more aware of what coach education entails and it has also gave me a hunger to gain more experiences with coaching and learning in different cultures.

“I would like to thank the Foundation, the Premier League and British Council for organising such a fantastic opportunity.”

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