THE Black Cats are helping take football to one of the world’s bastions of cricket.
SAFC head of international football development, Graham Robinson, visited Kolkata in India, as the club offered its skills and expertise to future coaches, as part of the Kolkata Goalz project.
Kolkata Goalz is part of Premier Skills, an initiative run by the British Council and Premier League, and helps improve relations between young people in highly-deprived areas and their local authorities through sport.
Over the past three years, Premier Skills has reached out to more than 1,000 young people, and Graham has delivered coaching courses in countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia and Hong Kong.
Speaking about his visit to Kolkata Goalz, Graham, said: “The knowledge of the participants is very impressive and at a higher standard than I have seen before at Premier Skills.
“Due to the participants’ extensive engagement with young people prior to the programme, we have been able to progress much quicker due to their understanding.
“I was impressed with the warm-up sessions delivered by the participants, so much so that I will be trialling a few of them on my return to Sunderland.”
As part of the programme, the future coaches participated in presentations and discussions about child protection, youth engagement and managing behaviour.
The participants were also tasked to deliver a variety of warm-up sessions in pairs to the rest of the group.
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