GUWAHATI, March 18 - The Premier Skills Phase 1 Coach Education course which was launched earlier this week here concluded with a football festival today, where 62 participant coaches demonstrated the skills they acquired with nearly 100 students.
The successful Premier Skills initiative, run by the Premier League and the British Council, took place from March 12 to 18. Altogether 62 participants, including grassroots coaches and physical education students from the eight states of the Northeast were part of the sessions.
The course in Guwahati was led by Premier League Coach Educator Jeremy Weeks and was supported by UK club coaches: Isaac Hammond from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Niamh Nolan from City in the Community, the foundation arm of Manchester City Football Club.
The course was jointly organised by the British Council, the Premier League, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The training was delivered at the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), North East Regional Centre, Tepesia, Sonapur.
The closing ceremony was also held at the LNIPE grounds. Among the dignitaries present were Biswajit Basumatary, Dean LNIPE; Dr VK Sharma, Deputy Director Operations, SAI New Delhi; Jeremy Weeks, Premier League Coach Educator; Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director, British Council East and Northeast India and Dr Subhas Basumatary, Director SAI, Guwahati; Pabitra Ram Khaund, Director Sports, Assam; DK Dinglow, Director Sports, Arunachal Pradesh and Sreelakshmi Choudhury from the DoNER ministry.