During the October half term Pompey in the Community coach Louis Mack visited Shenyang, in Northern China, for the Premier League’s flagship international coach development programme ‘Premier Skills’.
The course was a joint initiative between the Premier League and British Council. Since 2009 ‘Premier Skills’ has been educating coaches using the global popularity and power of football, to support football development in many different countries.
PITC coach Louis Mack joined Jack Day of Stoke Football Club and Warren Leat, Football Development officer in China, to deliver a week long Phase One coaching course with support from interpreters.
The team worked with 40 Chinese PE teachers to enhance their knowledge and coaching skills. The course culminated with a football festival, where 80 local primary school children were invited to take part in coaching sessions delivered by the Phase One coaches. All of the school children who took part were rewarded for their efforts, receiving a Portsmouth FC gift.
Louis Mack, said: “I am proud to have been given the opportunity to be part of the ‘Premier Skills’ programme and represent Portsmouth FC. I had a great experience visiting China and enjoyed working with the Chinese coaches. This programme provides the coaches with the skills and knowledge to be able to deliver more fun and inclusive football sessions to the children within their local community.’