In an exclusive interview Premier Skills head coach Jeremy Weeks along with English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester City assistant coaches Tom Hughes and Elliot Sutcliffe spoke to NewsX. They gave an insight into their incredible journey in which they accomplished a commendable feat with 11,000 coaches and referees in training 1.4 million youngsters in 29 countries.
While briefing our viewers about the inception of Premier Skills and from where it all began in the first place Jeremy Weeks said, “Premier Skills is the Premier League International football level project. It’s the partnership that is very important between the Premier League and British Council. And here in India we got three additional partners that managed to make the program a real success — the All India Football Federation (AIFF), Indian Super League (ISL) and Sports Authority of India (SAI)”.
For Manchester City assistant coach Tom Hughes, the reason behind coming to India was to spread his coaching knowledge of what he learned at the Etihad by sharing it with community coaches in India.
‘‘Really a massive motivation for me; coming here is to be able to import my knowledge of what I learned from Manchester City and bring it to all the coaches in India,’’ Hughes revealed.
When asked about the training regime coaches are getting into, Coach Sutcliffe said, “We are showing the coaches here how we can design sessions for kids that are going to be really knowledgeable and fun. Also we are trying to show how it can help and are how they are designed to develop these kids that will help them be future successes’’.
To make Indian youngsters better footballing individuals Jeremy and his team believes that it is important to train grass root community coaches which can make an impact on youngsters through which more kids will start engaging this beautiful game.
“The real premise of the program is training grass root community coaches so they can have an impact on young people, their clubs and their community. Because that’s really important in India at the moment, that we trying to get more kids playing football, more kids engaging football, so therefore we need more coaches,” Weeks added.
You can watch the interview here: