Global projects for Sunderland AFC

Graham Robinson, head of international football development at Sunderland AFC, has been delivering football courses and workshops to PE teachers as part of the Premier Skills initiative in Beijing, China.
Graham Robinson, head of international football development at Sunderland AFC, has been delivering football courses and workshops to PE teachers as part of the Premier Skills initiative in Beijing, China.
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SUNDERLAND AFC has been spreading its wings worldwide as one international project draws to a close and another begins

The club’s officials have said their farewells to teachers in China as part of a global football initiative, as it welcomed a delegation from South Africa

L to R: SAFC legend Kevin Ball (left), Future Players coach, Rashid Yassine (second from left), SAFC Commercial Director, Gary Hutchinson (centre), Gauteng Government official, Marothi Harry Letsoalo and SAFC ambassador(second from right), Jimmy Montgomery (right) with players and coaches from Future Players project.

L to R: SAFC legend Kevin Ball (left), Future Players coach, Rashid Yassine (second from left), SAFC Commercial Director, Gary Hutchinson (centre), Gauteng Government official, Marothi Harry Letsoalo and SAFC ambassador(second from right), Jimmy Montgomery (right) with players and coaches from Future Players project.

As part of Premier Skills, the Black Cats’ head of international football development, Graham Robinson, has delivered football courses and workshops to PE teachers in Beijing.

The week-long programme, included a number of coaching activities and lessons both on and off the field, educating the teachers the fundamental skills needed to become a coach and a coach educator.

“The standard of the programme has been very high with the teachers showing great initiative to learn,” Graham said. “We have tasked them with different challenges all week and they have delivered on every occasion.”

The project culminated in the Chinese teachers delivering a community festival to children, putting into practice everything they had learnt during the week.

Graham added: “I was very pleased with the way the teachers had taken all the information on board. They delivered some very engaging sessions and were a credit to themselves and the Premier Skills programme.”

The programme held in China was jointly organised by The British Council, Premier League and the Beijing Olympic City Development Association.

Meanwhile, the club has welcomed a group of government officials, coaches and youth players from South Africa, who were given a tour of the Academy of Light, where they observed Sunderland’s U21 team in training and met with Academy Manager Ged McNamee.

Coach Rashid Yassine, said: “The culture at Sunderland AFC is very positive and they are driven by their vision of the outlook of the club. The academy visit was a great experience for the youngsters and me as a coach. To see first-hand the different coaching methods and training structure in place at a Premier League club is something I will take back with me and implement in to my coaching.”