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British Premier League experts train Afghan soccer coaches

Dubai, 03 July, 2013- The hugely successful Premier Skills initiative, run by the UK Premier League and the British Council, has this week launched in Dubai. Premier skills will take place from Sunday 30 June to Saturday 6 July at the GEMS World Academy in Dubai. Twenty grassroots football coaches have been selected from across Afghanistan for the intensive training. The project will be led by head coach Johnnie Garside, a senior coach at Everton with extensive experience of delivering Premier Skills around the world. Supporting him will be Mark Bright, the former Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday player. Both are UEFA qualified coaches.

The course in Dubai is being jointly organized by the British Council, the UK Premier League, the Afghanistan Football Federation and the Roshan Afghan Premier League with support from the UK Government.

During a press conference held at the GEMS World Academy on Sunday 30th, the British Council Director in Afghanistan, John Mitchell, said: "The British Council is committed to supporting the development of young leaders in Afghanistan for the long-term and sport is an effective means for peace-building, national cohesion and nurturing healthy communities and national pride. I hope this project will have a long and successful legacy in Afghanistan."

MOBY GROUP Marketing Head Jonathan Flender said "We strongly believe that the Afghan football and the Roshan Afghan Premier League will greatly benefit from the Premier Skills training and ultimately and most importantly, the people of Afghanistan will benefit from it."

The Premier Skills Initiative is known for having a tremendous impact wherever it has been. It has already impacted 21 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas. Premier Skills has created training opportunities benefitting 2,300 grassroots coaches and referees who in turn have reached more than 400,000 young people since 2007. With that impressive background, it's excellent to have their professionalism in the field aiding Afghan coaches.

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