Twenty four football coaches and trainers from Vietnam, South Korea and Malaysia have gathered in Ho Chi Minh City for a Premier League training course that aims at developing community through the sport.
Held by the British Council, Premier League and the Vietnam Sport Administration, the six-day second phase of the "Premier Skills" project kicked off May 10 at Thanh Long Sport Complex Center, led by former Premier League player head coach Robbie Earl.
Robbie Earle, who has been the head coach on ten previous Premier Skills projects will be joined by Everton's Johnnie Garside, who was a head coach in Korea as well as part of the Premier Skills coaching team in Kerala, India and Malawi. They will be joined by Nicholas Phipps, a community coach for Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
Premier Skills' Phase 2 brings together these top 24 grassroots sports coaches who have already demonstrated their ability and commitment to apply what they have learned by running football coaching programs in their own local communities.
The East Asian coaches will strengthen their knowledge and understanding of inclusive community development through football and as a result will become pivotal figures within their organization and community, according to program organizers.
"I have learned a lot through the program's first phase. It has changed my point of view about football. I have held several free football classes for street and disadvantaged children and they also had better integration with the society," said Nguyen Tien Minh of Hanoi Football Federation, who was among the program's beneficiaries.
Premier Skills has already successfully run 22 different programs in 15 countries worldwide. In East Asia, the initial Phase 1 training courses took place in Vietnam, Korea and Malaysia. Over 40 young male and female coaches were trained in each of the countries during Phase 1.