Whistle blows for full time at British Council’s Premier Skills conference

Premier Skills Kenya
Some of the attendees from the two-day conference looking at addressing gender violence through football. Photo: Twitter/EnM_Group

British Council Kenya Country Director Tony Reilly, has brought the two-day Premier Skills conference to a close with a quote from Nelson Mandela.

“Sport has the power to change the world. To inspire. To unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair,” he told attendees at the conference which has explored the positive impact football can have on challenging gender based violence in Kenya.

Premier Skills is an international partnership between the British Council and the Premier League. The programme uses football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world.

During the last couple of days, attendees have enjoyed informative presentations on innovative approaches to addressing violence against women and girls and using football to tackle serious social issues in Kenya.

Sports presenter and Arsenal fan Carol Radull was on hand to moderate discussions and attendees heard from a variety of speakers including coaches from Aston Villa and Newcastle United Foundations who discussed Premier League Girls Football.

Aston Villa Foundation coach Michael Wynter called on attendees to talk about the issues surrounding gender based violence and “then work together to find solutions”. Michael has been among the trainers teaching 100 Kenyan coaches to lead fun, inclusive and values-based football sessions.

Attendees also had the opportunity to engage with British Council and Premier Skills representatives during the two-day conference and to learn more about the programme, please visit the British Council website.