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Premier Skills Phase 2 training kicks off in India

British Council, Football, Kerala, Thrivananthapuram, Premier League, Goa, SAI, LNCPE, Referee, Coaching, Coaches, Fulham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, ScudamoreThe second phase of the hugely successful Premier Skills initiative, run by the Premier League and the British Council will take place from 2 to 7 November 2015 in Thiruvananthapuram, Keralaat Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE).

 

Premier Skills is a partnership between the Premier League and the British Council. It uses football as a tool to help develop both community coaching and English language skills. The programme trains sports coaches, referees and youth leaders, enhancing their existing football skills, whilst also developing their leadership skills and a greater understanding of the role football can play in tackling other social issues.

 

In November 2014, for the Phase 1 training, coaches and referees of the Premier Skills Kolkata Goalz programme, belonging to Kerala Football Association, Goa Football Association, Sports Authority of India, and three NGOs, were trained at Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE), Kerala. Phase 2 consists of two training programmes: Coach Education (2 – 7 November 2015) and Referee Development (2 – 4 November 2015). The coach education programme will be attended by 36 Indian coaches and 24 Indian referees will participate in the referee programme. These coaches and referees (from Goa and Kerala) have been chosen from the Phase 1 participants.British Council, Football, Kerala, Thrivananthapuram, Premier League, Goa, SAI, LNCPE, Referee, Coaching, Coaches, Fulham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Scudamore

 

During the programme, the coaches and referees will receive training from qualified Premier Skills coaches, giving them the skills and support to develop their own community football projects and development as referees and coaches. The coaches’ training programme will be led by experienced Premier Skills Head Coach Jeremy Weeks supported by Robert Perret, Sports Development Manager with Crystal Palace FC Foundation and Cheryl Edwards, Community Coach at Aston Villa Football Club. The referee training programme will be led by Graham Laws, Referee Coach at Professional Game Match Officials Limited supported by Michael Edward Murphy, Assistant Referee Coach.

The training will end with a demonstration of skills that the coaches and referees have learnt over the course of the programme. This will be showcased on Friday 6 November and Sunday 7 November, at SAI, LNCPE, Thiruvananthapuram.

 

The course in Thiruvananthapuram is being jointly organised by the British Council and Premier League in association with Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kerala Football Association (KFA) and Goa Football Association (GFA).

 

In addition to coaching, a range of free materials, including a dedicated website, has been created under Premier Skills for teachers and learners of English that utilise exciting Premier League content and the British Council’s world-class expertise in English.

Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore, said:

“I am thrilled that Premier Skills will return to India this week for Phase 2 of the project. In the UK, Premier League clubs have a long-held commitment to investing in and supporting local community and education programmes and that is now being mirrored internationally, with Premier Skills operating in 25 countries. Given the increasing interest in football in India we are proud to support the country’s growing enthusiasm for the sport by providing more highly trained coaches and referees to pass on their expertise through Premier Skills.”

 

Mei-kwei Barker, Director, British Council South India said

“We are delighted to present Premier Skills, Phase 2 training programme, our very successful partnership project with the Premier League in South India. It combines English and football, two universal languages and with the support of our local partners in India — Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kerala Football Association (KFA) and Goa Football Association (GFA) — we have been able to provide this opportunity. As part of Phase 2 training, the Coach Education and Referee Development programmes will be attended by successful coaches and referees from Phase 1 of the project. We hope the coaches and referees find this training useful and are able to make the most impact in their respective communities”.

 

The Programme

 

Coach Education Programme: 2 – 7 November 2015

The Coach Education curriculum aims to develop a group of local master trainers at the end of the programme. It will help to develop community coach skills and knowledge. The training will be in three parts, over 18 – 24 months and involves attendance at and graduation from each part of the training. There will be learning and practical tasks that must be completed between each of the training. Those that are successful will need to demonstrate continued progress throughout the 3 Phases and with the tasks that they will be asked to complete between the training phases. Successful Phase 3 Graduates will become Premier Skills Coach Educators – and they will have an opportunity to train and develop new Premier Skills Community Coaches to support the work of their organisation.

 

Referee Development programme: 2 – 4 November 2014

The Referee Development programme is a two phase programme which offers participants an introduction to refereeing at grassroots level. Participants include referees that are already working in community football programmes but who have received minimal or no formal training to improve their refereeing skills and knowledge.

For more on Premier Skills visit http://www.britishcouncil.org/society/sport/current-programmes/premier-skills.

Premier Skills programme concludes in Kerala

Premier Skills, British Council, Football, Kerala, Thrivananthapuram, Premier League, Goa, SAI, LNCPE, Referee, Coaching, Coaches, Fulham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, ScudamoreThe hugely successful Premier Skills initiative, run by the Premier League and the British Council launched at 10 AM on Monday, 24th November 2014 at SAI LNCPE concluded with a Grand Community Football Festival. Premier Skills is a partnership between the British Council and Premier League.Premier Skills, British Council, Football, Kerala, Thrivananthapuram, Premier League, Goa, SAI, LNCPE, Referee, Coaching, Coaches, Fulham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Scudamore

 

The course in Thiruvananthapuram was jointly organised by the British Council and Premier League in association with Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE), All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kerala Football Association (KFA) and Goa Football Association (GFA) from 24th to 30th November 2014. The participants in the programme have been selected from the Football associations as well as from a number of NGOs, including Special Olympics, Cequin, Oscar Foundation and World Vision.

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The Coaches and referees have got opportunity to train themselves from qualified Premier Skills coaches, got the skills and support to develop their own community football projects and development as referees. The UK referee trainers held a referee symposium event on 27th November. The Symposium provided the opportunity for the Premier Skills referees to experience the knowledge and understanding from national referees, referee instructors and the premier skills coaches to further enhance their knowledge and learning. The Symposium was a mixture of presentations on laws of the game, recognizing foul challenges, handball, player management and mass confrontation. The participants were fully involved in the very interactive symposium and also provided an opportunity to share knowledge and best practice ideas.

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The Training programme was followed by a Football Festival with the participation of Children between the age group of 10 – 12. 100 children of participated in the community football festival on 30-11-2014.

Premier Skills, British Council, Football, Kerala, Thrivananthapuram, Premier League, Goa, SAI, LNCPE, Referee, Coaching, Coaches, Fulham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, ScudamoreThe following were the luminaries and faculties imparted knowledge to the participants.

Mr. Jermy Weeks has the expertise in Coaching Community and Academy departments of Exeter City FC. He was the Head Soccer Coach at Lake Owego Sports Camp in Pennsylvania, USA. Jez Weeks joined Fulham FC and worked for Fulham FC Foundation as Sports Development Officer in London Area. He was also coaching for the Academy and Girl’s Centre of Excellence and has become the Acting Sports Development Manager in 2009 managing all the football, sport and health related development projects across London and Surrey. Jez joined the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee where he was the Paralympic Football Competition Manager. He was involved in the Olympic Football competition across the UK and Olympic Park.

In Premier Skills Programme he is involved in the development of the syllabus for Premier Skills Phase 2 and currently runs his own Sports Consultancy Company called W 10 and provides on-going support to the development of the premier Skills Programme.

Corinne Mitchel is currently a Coach Educator at the Girls Centre of Excellence and work with all coaches and players from the age of 9-17.   She currently hold a UEFA B in coaching football and have a PTLLs award in tutoring adults. She has participated in the FA Women’s Mentoring Scheme also and holds UEFA A License.

Mr. Daniel Landstorm is a graduate in Science and Football at Liverpool John Mores University. He has achieved UEFA B Coaching qualification and gained experience of coaching around the world working in countries such as the USA, Sudan, China and Abu Dhabi. Now he is engaged in the role of Football and Multi Sport Manager overseeing all aspects of community football including Disability Sports, School Sports, Women and Girls Football and Premier League4Sport

Mr. Daniel Slaughter is currently managing five regional disability football centre of excellence programmes for FA and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. He has engaged in managed a team of coaches and developing a technical coaching programme working from the same beliefs as the Tottenhjam Hotspur Academy and England Disability Playing/Coaching philosophies. He hold UEFA B Licence, FA Youth Modules One and two and working his FA Youth Coaching Award.

Kelvin Chee is a Learning and Development Consultant and Trainer. He is a man with a vision to impact the children in his community using football. He is a Coach Educator in Malaysia with Level I Certification from Premier Skills. He is now serving as a Volunteer Coach for Matrix Community Football Club in Tman Sea Petaling Jaya.

To find out more about the football-focused English content and to view the materials online, visit http://premierskills.britishcouncil.org/

 

British Council’s Premier Skills Program Kicks off in Kerala

British Council, Football, Kerala, Thrivananthapuram, Premier League, Goa, SAI, LNCPE, Referee, Coaching, Coaches, Fulham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, ScudamoreThe hugely successful Premier Skills initiative, run by the Premier League and the British Council was launched on Monday 24 November 2014 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

Premier Skills will take place from 24 to 30 November 2014. The training will be held at Sports Authority of India Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Kariavattom P.O.; Thiruvananthapuram 695581, Kerala.

British Council, Football, Kerala, Thrivananthapuram, Premier League, Goa, SAI, LNCPE, Referee, Coaching, Coaches, Fulham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, ScudamoreThis is the first phase of a three-phase training programme for coaches and two-phase training programme for referees in Thiruvananthapuram.

Premier Skills is a partnership between the British Council and the Premier League. It uses football as a tool to help develop both community coaching and English language skills. The programme trains sports coaches, referees and youth leaders to return to their own communities and enhance their existing football sessions, whilst also developing their leadership skills and a greater understanding of the role football can play in tackling other social issues.

The coach education programme will be led by head coach Jeremy Weeks, who was a senior coach at Fulham FC till May 2011 which he left to join the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee (LOCOG) where he was the Paralympic Football Competition Manager. He will be supported by Corinne Mitchell, community coach from Aston Villa Football Club, Daniel Landstrom from City in the Community Foundation of Manchester City Football Club, Daniel Slaughter, Inclusion Development Manager at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Kelvin Chee a Premier Skills community coach educator from Malaysia.

The referee development programme will be led by Ray Olivier, Training & Development Manager for the Professional Game Match Officials and responsible for the training and development of Premier League and Football League referees and Assistant Referees in England. He will be supported by Keren Barratt, Select Group Referee Manager for the Professional Game Match Officials.

The course in Thiruvananthapuram is being jointly organised by the British Council and Premier League in association with Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kerala Football Association (KFA) and Goa Football Association (GFA).

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Participants in the programme have been selected from the Football associations as well as from a number of NGO’s, including Special Olympics, Cequin, Oscar Foundation and World Vision.

The coaches and referees will receive training from qualified Premier Skills coaches, giving them the skills and support to develop their own community football projects and development as referees.

In addition to the training, the UK referee trainers will hold a referee symposium event on 27 November.

As of 2013, Premier Skills has trained 2,500 coaches and referees in 25 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas, who in turn have reached a further 550,000 young people. By 2016 it aims to train a further 3,000 coaches and referees and through them reach more than 300,000 young people.

British Council, Football, Kerala, Thrivananthapuram, Premier League, Goa, SAI, LNCPE, Referee, Coaching, Coaches, Fulham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, ScudamoreIn addition to coaching, a range of free materials, including a dedicated website, have been created under Premier Skills for teachers and learners of English that utilise exciting Premier League content and the British Council’s world-class expertise in English.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said:

“At home the Premier League and our Clubs have a long-held commitment and reputation for delivering high quality community and education programmes. Given our popularity internationally we felt it only right to take this approach to a wider community.

“Premier Skills has already taken place in 25 countries, including in India where we have run coach development projects in Delhi and Kolkata and are heavily involved in the ground-breaking Kolkata Goalz project, which has over 1,000 young people involved a week in its activities. I am thrilled that we are now rolling Premier Skills rolling out in India this week.”

Ms Mei-kwei Barker, Director, British Council South India said, “We are delighted to introduce Premier Skills, our very successful partnership project with the Premier League, to South India. It combines English and football, two universal languages and with the support of our local partners in India — Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kerala Football Association (KFA) and Goa Football Association (GFA) — we have been able to provide this opportunity. We hope the coaches and referees find this training useful and we are able to bring more such programmes here over the next few years.”

The Programme

Coach Education Programme: 24 – 30 November 2014

The Coach Education curriculum aims to develop a group of local master trainers at the end of the programme. It will help to develop community coach skills and knowledge. The training will be in three parts, over 18 – 24 months and involves attendance at and graduation from each part of the training. There will be learning and practical tasks that must be completed between each of the training. Those that are successful will need to demonstrate continued progress throughout the 3 Phases and with the tasks that they will be asked to complete between the training phases. Successful Phase 3 Graduates will become Premier Skills Coach Educators – and they will have an opportunity to train and develop new Premier Skills Community Coaches to support the work of their organisation.

Referee Development programme: 24 – 26 November 2014

The Referee Development programme is a two phase programme which offers participants an introduction to refereeing at grassroots level. Participants include referees that are already working in community football programmes but who have received minimal or no formal training to improve their refereeing skills and knowledge.

Referee symposium: 27 November 2014

The symposium will be a mixture of interactive presentations designed to provide a modern update in both referee and assistant referee skills. The sessions will also be helpful for instructors and assessors to use the material for further developing their referees in their communities. Included in the presentations will be looking at the following training topics:

  1. Critical Incidents and Communication
  2. Recognising Foul Challenges
  3. Offside Situations and Interpretation
  4. Positioning & Movement
  5. Referee & Assistant Referee Cooperation

To find out more about the football-focused English content and to view the materials online, visit http://premierskills.britishcouncil.org/

Indian Football team may miss out on Asian Games 2014

Asian Games, Football, India, Indianfootball, team, south koreaReports are surfacing that the Indian football team may miss out on participating in the upcoming Incheon Asian games 2014. With Indian Olympic Association submitting a bumper list of 900 people including athletes and officials, to the sports ministry for approval for travelling to the Sept. 19-Oct. 4 Games in the South Korean city of Incheon, sports ministry would be forced to prune the list.  

Lacklustre performance against Pakistan in the recently friendlies have also not helped the team’s chances. SAI director Jiji Thomson was in attendance at the Bangalore stadium when the Indian team comprising  mainly under-23 players took on the Pakistan team.  

Jiji Thomoson was quoted in Times of India saying  :

“I am a football fan and I was present at the match. I can only say that the performance was very disappointing,”

If the team is not cleared by the ministry, All India Football Federation would be forced to pay from their pockets to send the team for Asian games 2014. In an article in The Telegraph a senior official is quoted that the government will not bear the cost of the men’s and women’s football teams in the Asian Games 2014.

“A final decision would only be taken after a week, but there is every chance the government would not bear the cost of the men’s and women’s football teams in the Asian Games. Of course, the AIFF (All India Football Federation) can send the team on their own,” 

However this is not the first time that the football team is being forced out of Asian Games by government. In 1990 and 1994 the government had stopped the football team from going for the Asian Games.

Sports Authority of India (SAI) Setting Up 300 Crore Football Academy in Kerala

Sports Authority of India, SAI, Football, Academy, Kerala, Kozhikode, India, 300 CroreSports Authority of India will set up a 300 crore worth football academy in Kozhikode confirmed Kerala chief minister Oomen Chandy today.

“They have agreed to set up the academy at the land that will be given by the University of Calicut-Kozhikode. ” said Chandy.

Source : IANS

Heart break for Kerala in the finals (Tier II) of Junior National Football Championship

Image Courtesy : Kerala Coach Purushothaman Thekkathara T G’s facebook profile.

Image Courtesy : Kerala Coach Purushothaman Thekkathara T G’s facebook profile.

Kerala lost to Sports Authority of India team 5-2 in the finals ( Tier 11) Junior National Football Championship for B.C Roy Trophy that was held at Bokaro in Jharkhand.

Kerala was in fine form throughout the championship, scripting huge margin wins against Jammu Kashmir, Rajasthan and then edged out Arunchal Pradesh on a solitary goal in the group stages. In the semifinal Kerala pipped a strong Chandigarh team 3-0.

By the time the kerala team reached the finals, they had scored over 26 goals and conceded none. However, when it came to the final Kerala fell short and lost to the SAI team. The last time Kerala won the Junior National Football Championship was in 1973. This defeat quashed Kerala’s effort to clinch the title again after 30 years. Even though not an excuse, the ground was almost unplayable due to the torrential rain that lashed in Bokaro the day before the finals.

The silver lining however is that by qualifying for the finals of Tier II, Kerala has secured a place in the Tier I of the next edition of  tournament. Kerala’s dismal performance during the recent years had them demoted to the Tier II of the tournament.

Kerala reaches the final of Junior National Championship

Image Courtesy : Kerala Coach Purushothaman Thekkathara T G’s facebook profile.

Image Courtesy : Kerala Coach Purushothaman Thekkathara T G’s facebook profile.

Continuing their great form in the tournament, Kerala team has sailed to the finals of Tier II by defeating Chandigarh 3-0 in the semifinal that took place in Ranchi.

65 minutes of the match was played yesterday before it had to be stopped due to thunderstorms in Ranchi. Kerala was already leading 2-0 in the match and they knocked in one more goal to take the tally to 3-0 in the rest of the 25 minutes that was played today morning.

Kerala will take on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) team in the finals of Tier II.

Results from 49th Junior National Football Championship

500px-India_FA.svgI-league has been garnering all the attention of Indian football fans so far and rightly so. However, young footballers from across India is fighting out in Jharkhand in the 49th Junior National Football Championship for BC Roy Trophy.

The tournament has been on for the last two days and there has been no coverage at all the media. It is rather very unfortunate that any coverage eludes this tournament where the upcoming football stars of this country fight it out.  The following are the results so far from the championship.

The competition has entered the semifinal phase for the two tiers – I & II.  In the first semifinal of Tier I that happened today (25th – Sep), Sports Authority of India (SAI) defeated Maharashtra by a solitary goal.

In the second semi-final taking place tomorrow, Kerala will take on Chandigarh.

Keep a watch here, we will bring you the semi final and final results.

Finals Tier I  : 

29-Sep

Mizoram Vs Assam

 6-1

Finals Tier I I :

28-Sep

SAI Vs Kerala

 5-2

 Semifinals Results Tier I I :

27-Sep

Punjab Vs Mizoram

 1-3

27-Sep

Madhya Pradesh vs Assam

 6-7(Pen)

Semifinals Results Tier I :

26-Sep

Chandigarh Vs Kerala

 0-3

25-Sep

Maharshtra vs SAI

 0-1

Group Stages results :

Date
 Matches
Results
25-Sep Mizoram  Vs Orissa
1-0
25-Sep Uttar Pradesh Vs Haryana
2-0
25-Sep Goa Vs Meghalaya
1-0
25-Sep Karnataka Vs Punjab
0-5
25-Sep Madhya Pradesh Vs UttaraKhand
1-0
25-Sep West Bengal Vs Manipur
1-1
24-Sep Tamilnadu Vs Delhi
1-1
24-Sep Jharkhand Vs Assam
1-5
24-Sep Arunachal Pradesh  Vs Kerala
0-1
24-Sep Jammu & Kashmir Vs Rajsthan
0-3
24-Sep Sikkim Vs Tripura
6-4
24-Sep Chandigarh Vs Gujarat
3-1
23-Sep Madhya Pradesh  Vs West Bengal
1-1
23-Sep Haryana Vs Mizoram
0-9
23-Sep Uttar Pradesh Vs Orissa
0-0
23-Sep Bihar Vs Nagaland
1-2
23-Sep Himachal Pradesh Vs SAI
1-4
22-Sep Kerala Vs Rajasthan
10-0
22-Sep Tamil Nadu Vs Assam
0-0
22-Sep Orissa Vs Haryana 
2-1
22-Sep Delhi Vs Jharkhand 
1-4
22-Sep Tripura Vs Gujarat 
0-3
22-Sep Sikkim Vs Chandigarh 
`1-3
22-Sep Arunachal Pradesh  Vs Jammu & Kashmir
6-1
21-Sep West bengal Vs Uttarakhand
0-4
21-Sep Punjab Vs Meghalaya
2-1
21-Sep Madhya Pradesh Vs Manipur
2-0
21-Sep Karnataka Vs Goa
2-2
21-Sep   Mizoram Vs Uttar Pradesh
5-2
21-Sep   Nagaland Vs Maharashtra
0-2
21-Sep   Chhattisgarh Vs Himachal Pradesh
0-0
20-Sep Assam Vs Delhi
 4-0
20-Sep Jharkhand Vs Tamil Nadu  7-1
20-Sep Chandigarh Vs Tripura  6-0
20-Sep Gujarat Vs Sikkim
 3-1
20-Sep Jammu & Kashmir Vs Kerala  0-12
20-Sep Rajasthan Vs Arunachal Pradesh  0-8
19-Sep Maharashtra Vs Bihar  3-2
19-Sep Sports Authority of India (SAI) Vs Chattisgarh  6-0