Last month Pompey in the Community Commercial and Marketing Manager Adam Lea visited Bandung in Indonesia for a Premier Skills Programme hosted by the Premier League and British Council.
The programme which looks at utilising specialised coaches and professionals from the English game, aims to develop Indonesian based grassroots coaches to enhance their skills as well as help develop the game across a number of fields.
Adam headed up the team, which included coaches from Manchester City, Arsenal and Stoke respectively and delivered to a total of 60 coaches throughout the intensive 7 day programme. The Indonesian based coaches looked at a number of aspects of the game, including: community development, principles of coaching as well as an introduction to coach education.
Karin Suntiyo, Programme Manager for the British Council said: We’ve had lots of positive comments, from everyone involved; participants, partners, and young people. They found the Phase 1 Course to be a motivating and inspiring experience, It has been a wonderful experience working with such a great group of people; Adam, Head Coach (from Portsmouth FC), to four Premier League coaches representing different clubs; Jack (Stoke City), Damian and Mike (from Man City), and Jason (from Arsenal).
One of the coaches from the course added: The learning that I picked up was almost overwhelming – incredible — I’ve never had anything like this in the past, I am forever grateful for the opportunity.
The Premier Skills journey doesn’t end there as six representatives from Pompey in the Community will be heading up to the Premier League next week to conduct in house training to develop their skills on helping to deliver the course, as well as enhance their community engagement locally as well as globally.