tar Sports Young Heroes presented by Parle in association with IDBI Federal Life

Star Sports Young Heroes presented by Parle in association with IDBI Federal Life Insurance continues its triumphant run – all set for kick-start in Lucknow in search for the next Football Hero

~ 32 schools selected for the Lucknow leg of the tournament ~

~ Largest ever talent scouting tournament in India ~

~ Over 650 schools participating in the 7-a-side under-15 All India football Tournament to be held in 15 cities ~

~ Activation programme aims to reach out to 420,000 students ~

~ 45 boys will undergo training camp and 16 will be handpicked by professional coaches for an International exposure trip to Spain ~

Head Mentor: Jamshid Nassiri

 

15 cities where Young Heroes will travel and the Winners:

ü  Kolkata Winner- Deeksha Education Trust

ü  Chennai  Winner –  St.Joseph’s Residential School

ü  Bangalore–  Rice MMS School

ü  Hyderabad- HPS Begumpet

ü  Kochi GHSS Panampilly Nagar

ü  Indore-  Emerald Heights International School

ü  Goa- Loyola High School

ü  Pune-  SPMSS, HS Boarding School

ü  Shillong- Boys Sports Coy 58 GTC

ü  Guwahati- Lal Singh School

ü  Mumbai- Antonio De Souza High School

ü  Lucknow

ü  Chandigarh

ü  Delhi

ü  Ahmedabad

ü  Kick Off in Lucknow – 17th and 18th  November

ü  National Grand Finale –  January 2016

ü  Schools to be contacted – 1500

ü  Schools to be shortlisted – 650

ü  School Students Involved – 420,000

ü  Parents to be involved – 840,000

ü  Tournament Population – 6,500

ü  Aggregate days of On-Ground Activation – 100

ü  International Exposure Trip – Spain

Lucknow, 14th November, 2015: After capturing the imagination of budding footballers in Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Indore, Goa, Pune, Shillong, Guwahati and Mumbai Young Heroes is all set to kick start their campaign in Lucknow where 32 schools from the city will lock horns at the La Martiniere College, Lucknow on 17th and 18th November fighting for the ultimate glory from the city.

Young Heroes promoted by Star Sports along with Parle Products and IDBI Federal life Insurance aims to provide guidance and a platform to under-15 footballers from over 650 schools across 15 cities in India. Young Heroes aims to widen the base of the Indian Football pyramid by identifying young talent from the Country’s largest student direct contact programme from the very grassroots and provide guidance for the next step towards elite football. The tournament activation programme which is being conducted by Highlife Management aspires to reach out to about 420,000 students and from the tournament population of about 6,500 footballers. The best 45 talented children will be trained by professional coaches and the select top 16 will be handpicked for an unforgettable international exposure trip to Spain.

Mr. Jamshid Nassiri, Ex-Iranian International Footballer and Head Mentor, Young Heroes, We have witnessed some exceptional football talent from all the cities we have visited so far. The boys selected through the scouting process are extremely talented and are capable of performing better with correct guidance and training. We are looking forward to find some equally talented young heroes over the next two days in Lucknow. I am devoted enthusiastically on searching the unidentified football talent in the country and offer my full support in training them for the elite league in future. ”‎

 

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Gold demand climbed in Q3 2015 as consumers across the globe capitalised on buying opportunity

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Location and date Mumbai,12November 2015

Gold demand climbed in Q3 2015 as consumers across the globe capitalised on buying opportunity

Gold demand climbed in Q3 2015 as consumers across the globe capitalised on buying opportunity

Total gold demand in Q3 2015 stood at 1,121 tonnes (t), an increase of 8% compared to the same period last year. According to the World Gold Council’s Gold Demand Trendsreport.

Q3 2015 consisted of two distinct halves. In the first part, a number of factors, including ETF outflows, contributed to a price dip which buoyed consumer demand around the world. A shift in tactical investor positions in the latter part of the quarter led to modest ETF inflows in August and September, which helped to push prices back up.

Global investment demand saw a significant increase this quarter, up 27% to 230t.Bar and coin purchases were up by a third on Q3 2014with Western markets in particular showing a surge. In the US, bar and coin demand reached its highest total in five years,up 207% to 33t.

Europe alsosaw strong levels of demand in the investment sector as ongoing concerns surrounding the Greek debt crisis and c uncertainty in Eastern Europe, the  result of a number of factors including  continuing tensions between Russia and Ukraine and sawdemand climb by 35% to 61t.In China, investment demand grew by 70% to 52t, as demand was initially stimulated by the gold price weakness in July, which was further fuelled by the mid-August foreign exchange reform. In India, the investment sector saw its first increase since Q3 2014, up 6% year-on-year to 57t.

 

Overall jewellery demandfor Q3 2015 was 632t compared to 594t in Q3 2014, up 6% year-on-year. Consumers in India, China, the US and the Middle East took advantage of lower prices in July and August. This was particularly evident in India, partly as festival purchases were brought forward,resulting in a 15% increase in jewellery demand to 211t over the period.

Central banks remained a significant source of demand, and werenet buyers for the 19th consecutive quarter.Purchases by official sector institutions reached 175t, a level almost matching the record highs in Q3 2014,as the net widened to include new reports from countries such as China and the UAE.

Total supplywas marginally higher year-on-year up 1% at 1,100t. Mine production contracted slightly and recycling declined further in Q3, but this was more than offset by fresh producer hedging. The long term indication is that supply will remain constrained as the mining indusry continues to proactively manage costs and optimise its operational performance.

Alistair Hewitt, Head of Market Intelligence at the World Gold Council, said:

“China and India remain the dominant figures in the global gold market, accounting for close to 45% of total demand. But what was particularly noticeable this quarter is that the consumer response to the price dip was a truly global occurrence. There were significant gains in bar and coin demand in China and across Europe, but it was in the US where we saw the most dramatic growth, with US Mint Eagle sales reaching their highest level since Q2 2010. Global jewellery demand also picked up, in what is traditionally a quiet time of the year for jewellery demand.

Separately, purchases by the central banks almost equalled the Q3 2014 record as gold’s diversification benefits continue to be recognised. The increased transparency that comes from the publication of China’s reserve data is a welcome addition to the market – although Russia still remains the most significant buyer. These factors combined, illustrate the diversity of gold demand and the broad range of factors that underpin it.”

 

Gold demand and supply statistics for Q3 2015

 

  • Overall demand increased by 8% year-on-year to 1,121t.
  • Total consumer demand – made up of jewellery demand and coin and bar demand – totalled 928t, up 14%.
  • Global investment demand saw a significant rise of 27% to 230t, up from 181t in Q3 2014. This was led by the US which saw a surge in bar and coin demand,up 207% to 33t from 11t on the same period last year, with support from China, up 70% to 52t and Europe up 35% to 61t.
  • Global jewellery demand for Q3 2015 was up 6% year-on-year to 632t compared to 594t in Q3 2014. In India, demand was up 15% to 211t and China was up 4% to 188t. The US and the Middle East also saw gains, up 2% to 26t and 8% to 56t respectively.
  • Central bank demand reached 175t, the 19th consecutive quarter of net purchases.
  • Demand in the technology sector declined 4% to 84t as the sector continued to endure pressure, with the industry choosing to shift towards alternative, cheaper materials in technological applications.
  • Total supply was 1,100t in Q3, up 1% year-on-year.Total mine supply(mine production + net producer hedging) remained relatively flat up 3% year-on-year to 848t compared to 814t in the same period last year. Year-on-year quarterly mine production shrank by 1% to 828t in Q3 2015 against 836t in Q3 2014. Recycling levels were down 6% year-on-year to 252t compared to 268t in Q3 last year.

The Q3 2015 Gold Demand Trends report, which includes comprehensive data provided by Metals Focus, can be viewed at http://www.gold.org/supply-and-demand/gold-demand-trends and on our iOS and Android apps.

You can follow the World Gold Council on Twitter at @goldcouncil and Like on Facebook

 

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For further information please contact:

Rakhi Khanna

World Gold Council

T  022 6157 9107

M +91 9987 045 485

E  Rakhi.khanna@gold.org

Sharwari Paranjape

Edelman

T   022 6151 3375

M  + 91 9820 780 054

E   sharwari.paranjape@edelman.com

Note to editors:

World Gold Council

The World Gold Council is the market development organisation for the gold industry. Our purpose is to stimulate and sustain demand for gold, provide industry leadership, and be the global authority on the gold market.

We develop gold-backed solutions, services and products, based on authoritative market insight and we work with a range of partners to put our ideas into action. As a result, we create structural shifts in demand for gold across key market sectors. We provide insights into the international gold markets, helping people to understand the wealth preservation qualities of gold and its role in meeting the social and environmental needs of society.

The membership of the World Gold Council includes the world’s leading and most forward thinking gold mining companies.

FIRST RASHTRIYA SANSKRITI MAHOTSAV ENDS ON A HIGH NOTE

FIRST RASHTRIYA SANSKRITI MAHOTSAV ENDS ON A HIGH NOTE

~ Wadali Brothers Stun Audiences With Their Electrifying Performance~

~7 Cultural Zones Come Together for a Fitting Finale~

New Delhi, November , 2015: The last day of the RASHTRIYA SANSKRITI MAHOTSAV hosted by The Ministry of Culture, Government of India, ends in a crescendo with the Wadali Brothers.

The grand finale of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, which captured the imagination of Delhi and the entire nation, began with a superlative Manipuri performance of Dhol Cholam which is a drum dance that forms an essential part of Holi festivities. Artists of the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Akademi (JNMDA), performed the dance, artfully modulating the sounds from their instruments  from a soft whisper to a thunderous climax.

When the Wadali Brothers took the stage, a thunderous applause greeted them. They greeted the crowd with their trademark humour and a warm, “Wah bhai wah”. Supremely talented Sufi singers and musicians from Guru Ki Wadali in the Amritsar District in Punjab, the Wadali brothers set the stage on fire with their powerful renditions of popular sufi kalams.

Puran Chand Wadali studied music from masters like Pandit Durga Das and Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of the Patiala Gharana, while Pyare Lal Wadali considers his older brother his guru and mentor.

The duo have won many awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1991 and Puranchand Wadali was awarded the Padma Shri award by the Government of India, 2005. It was only fitting that the extravaganza, which celebrated the very best of Indian cultural traditions, ended with a tribute to divine love, and a unifying message of one god.

This was followed by gala folk performances by the 7 Zonal Cultural Centres which highlighted folk dance forms such as Purulia Chhau, Barsana ki Holi, Bhapang Vadam, Sirmour Nati, Bardoi Shilkla, Mayur Nritya, and Bhangra, as the evening drew to an enthralling end.

Shri NK Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India gave a warm vote of thanks.

With this the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav drew to a conclusion. Over 8 days, the festival showcased 150 art forms, performances by more than 1500 artists; 32 forms of paintings: visual arts; 400 master craftsmen; and delectable cuisine by traditional master chefs.

The festival created a delightful peek into the myriad dimensions of our cultural traditions reviving pride in being an Indian. The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is definitely going to be an affair to remember and one that the nation will look forward to every year.

 

British Council to host the 11th Language and Development Conference in New Delhi

 

British Council to host the 11th Language and Development Conference in New Delhi

New Delhi, November 9, 2015: 

The British Council announced here today that it will be hosting th

 

British Council to host the 11th Language and Development Conference in New Delhi

New Delhi, November 9, 2015: 

The British Council announced here today that it will be hosting the 11th Language &Development Conference in New Delhi from November 18-20. The conference is being hosted in association with DeenDayalUpadhyaGrameenKaushalyaYojana (DDU-GKY) of the Ministry of Rural Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Research Council of UK.

This conference is expected to attract over 300 policymakers, academicians and researchers working in the area of languages and development from India, Asia, Africa and other parts of the world. Some of the eminent speakers who will be present at the conference are AjitMohanty, Osama Manzar, RukminiBanerji, Birgit Brock- Utne, James Simpson and SrikantSarangi. This is the first time that India will be hosting this prestigious international conference. The conference’s main theme will be – ‘Multilingualism and Development’ with three sub-themes: Multilingualism and the Metropolis; Language, Technology and Multi-literacies; and Multilingualism, Marginalisation and Empowerment.

Rob Lynes, Director, British Council, says, “British Council is a firm supporter of the Language & Development Conference series because as UK’s cultural relations organisation, we believe that multiple languages sustain cultural diversity which has long term and sustained effect in securing peace and prosperity for us as individuals, for our communities and for our countries.”

The Language &Development series is held every two years that explores the role of language in development. It addresses issues of world, national, second and minority languages and the role they play in economic, social and cultural development; language policy, conflict transformation, language rights and identity; communication, education and development and language pedagogy. The conference will be webcast live- www.britishcouncil.in

 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. The British Council was established in India in 1948. The British Council is recognised across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.

e 11th Language &Development Conference in New Delhi from November 18-20. The conference is being hosted in association with DeenDayalUpadhyaGrameenKaushalyaYojana (DDU-GKY) of the Ministry of Rural Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Research Council of UK.

This conference is expected to attract over 300 policymakers, academicians and researchers working in the area of languages and development from India, Asia, Africa and other parts of the world. Some of the eminent speakers who will be present at the conference are AjitMohanty, Osama Manzar, RukminiBanerji, Birgit Brock- Utne, James Simpson and SrikantSarangi. This is the first time that India will be hosting this prestigious international conference. The conference’s main theme will be – ‘Multilingualism and Development’ with three sub-themes: Multilingualism and the Metropolis; Language, Technology and Multi-literacies; and Multilingualism, Marginalisation and Empowerment.

Rob Lynes, Director, British Council, says, “British Council is a firm supporter of the Language & Development Conference series because as UK’s cultural relations organisation, we believe that multiple languages sustain cultural diversity which has long term and sustained effect in securing peace and prosperity for us as individuals, for our communities and for our countries.”

The Language &Development series is held every two years that explores the role of language in development. It addresses issues of world, national, second and minority languages and the role they play in economic, social and cultural development; language policy, conflict transformation, language rights and identity; communication, education and development and language pedagogy. The conference will be webcast live- www.britishcouncil.in

 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. The British Council was established in India in 1948. The British Council is recognised across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.

For Immediate Release Hdj fdfjndf Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches ‘Indian Gold Coin’ and ‘Indian Gold Bullion’

Location and date New Delhi,6November 2015

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches ‘Indian Gold Coin’ and ‘Indian Gold Bullion’

TheHonourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi haslaunched the Indian Gold Coin and Indian Gold Bullionat 7 Race Course Road, New Delhi on 5 November 2015.  Both, the coin as well as the bullion will be the first ever national gold offerings by Government of India.

The coin and bullion will be of 24 karat purity, 999 fineness and will have the national emblem of Ashok Chakra engraved on one side and the face of Mahatma Gandhi on the other. Initially, the coin will be available in denominations of 5 and 10 grams with more weight options to be launched later.The bullion will initially be available in a denomination of 20 grams. The coin and bullionwill carry advanced anti-counterfeit features hence protecting consumer interests and will come in tamper-proof packaging.

Both the Indian Gold Coin and the Indian Gold Bullion are among the key initiatives of the gold reformschemesannounced in the 2015 budget.

Government has mandated MMTC Ltd., A Government of India Enterprise, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Commerceto launch the Indian Gold Coin and the Indian Gold Bullion. These will be minted by theSecurity Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL) and hallmarked by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The World Gold Council will be the marketing associate in this venture to create awareness about the coin and the bullion.

This along with the gold monetisation schemewill give added impetus to organised recycling of gold in India, which will helpto boost the Indian economy further. The Indian Gold Coin and the Indian Gold Bullion align with the ‘Make in India’ initiative of Government.These will become part of a globalbasket of gold coins and bullions that currently include theAmerican Eagle (USA), Panda Coin (China), Maple Leaf Coin (Canada), Krugerrand Coin (South Africa)and others,and will be made available in overseas markets includingthe UK, the USA and South Africa.”

The coin and bullion will be sold through MMTC outlets across 15 cities including Jaipur, Ludhiana, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Barbil, Kolkata, Goa, Ahmedabad, Visakhapatnam,Hyderabad, Bellary,Chennai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Several banks and India Post will soon be added toincreasethe availability and distribution.

For more information, visit www.indiangoldcoin.com.

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Note to editors:

MMTC Ltd.

 

MMTC is one of the largest importer of gold and silver in the Indian sub-continent and supplies gold on loan and outright basis to the exporters, bullion dealers and jewellery manufacturers on all India basis. MMTCretails gold and silver medallions& its own branded Sterling Silverware (Sanchi) with showrooms in all the major metro cities of India. MMTC also markets branded hallmarked gold and studded jewellery. duly accredited with Bureau of Indian Standards.MMTC was the pioneer in setting up assay and hallmarking units for testing purity of gold and silver.

Besides organizing major jewellery exhibitions in India & abroad, MMTC also has a medallion manufacturing unit for minting of Gold/Silver medallions.

Bureau of Indian Standards

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the national Standards Body of India working under the aegis of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, and Government of India. It is established by the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 which came into effect on 23 December 1986. The Minister in charge of the Ministry or Department having administrative control of the BIS is the ex-officio President of the BIS.

BIS has members drawn from Central or State Governments, industry, scientific and research institutions, and consumer organizations. Its headquarters are in New Delhi, with regional offices in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Delhi and other branch offices.

Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited

 

Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL) was formed after corporatisation of nine units including four mints, four presses and one paper mill which were earlier functioning under the Ministry of Finance. The Company was incorporated on 13.01.2006 under the Companies Act, 1956 with its headquarters at New Delhi. SPMCIL, a Miniratna Category-I CPSE, and wholly owned Schedule ‘A’ Company of Government of India, is engaged in the manufacture of security paper, minting of coins, printing of currency and bank notes, non-judicial stamp papers, postage stamps, travel documents, etc.

World Gold Council

The World Gold Council is the market development organisation for the gold industry. Our purpose is to stimulate and sustain demand for gold, provide industry leadership, and be the global authority on the gold market.

We develop gold-backed solutions, services and products, based on authoritative market insight and we work with a range of partners to put our ideas into action. As a result, we create structural shifts in demand for gold across key market sectors. We provide insights into the international gold markets, helping people to understand the wealth preservation qualities of gold and its role in meeting the social and environmental needs of society. The membership of the World Gold Council includes the world’s leading and most forward thinking gold mining companies. For more information log into www.gold.org.

Premier Skills Phase 2 training kicks off in India

 

Press release

 

Sunday 1 November 2015

 

Premier Skills Phase 2 training kicks off in India

 

The second phase of the hugely successful Premier Skills initiative, run by the Premier League and the British Council will take place from 2 to 7 November 2015 in Thiruvananthapuram, Keralaat Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE).

Premier Skills is a partnership between the Premier League and the British Council. It uses football as a tool to help develop both community coaching and English language skills. The programme trains sports coaches, referees and youth leaders, enhancing their existing football skills, whilst also developing their leadership skills and a greater understanding of the role football can play in tackling other social issues.

In November 2014, for the Phase 1 training, coaches and referees of the Premier Skills Kolkata Goalz programme, belonging to Kerala Football Association, Goa Football Association, Sports Authority of India, and  three NGOs, were trained at Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE), Kerala.  Phase 2 consists of two training programmes: Coach Education (2 – 7 November 2015) and Referee Development (2 – 4 November 2015). The coach education programme will be attended by 36 Indian coaches and 24 Indian referees will participate in the referee programme. These coaches and referees (from Goa and Kerala) have been chosen from the Phase 1 participants.

During the programme, the coaches and referees will receive training from qualified Premier Skills coaches, giving them the skills and support to develop their own community football projects and development as referees and coaches. The coaches’ training programme will be led by experienced Premier Skills Head Coach Jeremy Weeks supported by Robert Perret, Sports Development Manager with Crystal Palace FC Foundation and Cheryl Edwards, Community Coach at Aston Villa Football Club. The referee training programme will be led by Graham Laws, Referee Coach at Professional Game Match Officials Limited supported by Michael Edward Murphy, Assistant Referee Coach.

The training will end with a demonstration of skills that the coaches and referees have learnt over the course of the programme. This will be showcased on Friday 6 November and Sunday 7 November, at SAI, LNCPE, Thiruvananthapuram.

The course in Thiruvananthapuram is being jointly organised by the British Council and Premier League in association with Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kerala Football Association (KFA) and Goa Football Association (GFA).

In addition to coaching, a range of free materials, including a dedicated website, has been created under Premier Skills for teachers and learners of English that utilise exciting Premier League content and the British Council’s world-class expertise in English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premier League

Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore, said:

“I am thrilled that Premier Skills will return to India this week for Phase 2 of the project. In the UK, Premier League clubs have a long-held commitment to investing in and supporting local community and education programmes and that is now being mirrored internationally, with Premier Skills operating in 25 countries. Given the increasing interest in football in India we are proud to support the country’s growing enthusiasm for the sport by providing more highly trained coaches and referees to pass on their expertise through Premier Skills.”

 

Mei-kwei Barker, Director, British Council South India said

“We are delighted to present Premier Skills, Phase 2 training programme, our very successful partnership project with the Premier League in South India. It combines English and football, two universal languages and with the support of our local partners in India — Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kerala Football Association (KFA) and Goa Football Association (GFA) — we have been able to provide this opportunity. As part of Phase 2 training, the Coach Education and Referee Development programmes will be attended by successful coaches and referees from Phase 1 of the project. We hope the coaches and referees find this training useful and are able to make the most impact in their respective communities”.

The Programme

Coach Education Programme: 2 – 7 November 2015

The Coach Education curriculum aims to develop a group of local master trainers at the end of the programme. It will help to develop community coach skills and knowledge. The training will be in three parts, over 18 – 24 months and involves attendance at and graduation from each part of the training. There will be learning and practical tasks that must be completed between each of the training. Those that are successful will need to demonstrate continued progress throughout the 3 Phases and with the tasks that they will be asked to complete between the training phases. Successful Phase 3 Graduates will become Premier Skills Coach Educators – and they will have an opportunity to train and develop new Premier Skills Community Coaches to support the work of their organisation.

Referee Development programme: 2 – 4 November 2014

The Referee Development programme is a two phase programme which offers participants an introduction to refereeing at grassroots level. Participants include referees that are already working in community football programmes but who have received minimal or no formal training to improve their refereeing skills and knowledge.

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Notes to the Editor

 

Premier Skills is a partnership between the Premier League and the British Council which uses football as a tool to develop a brighter future for young people around the world.

It draws upon the Premier League’s global appeal and expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network, track record of delivery and world class expertise in English.

Through Premier Skills, young people, including the most vulnerable in society, are given opportunities to become better integrated into their local communities, to develop their skills for employability and raise their self-esteem.

Premier Skills is a proven model, influencing institutional approaches to social action through football as well as providing direct training to coaches and referees.

Since the first pilot in 2007, the project has been delivered across 29 countries: Afghanistan, Botswana, Brazil, Burma, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia (including Libyan participants), Uganda, USA, Vietnam and Zambia.

By 2016, Premier Skills aims to engage at least 50 policy-makers in football as a tool for development, to train at least 3,000 coaches and referees and through them reach more than 300,000 young people.

Through Premier Skills English, teachers and learners of English are given free, compelling learning materials, drawing on football-based content from the most exciting football league in the world.

For more on Premier Skills visit http://www.britishcouncil.org/society/sport/current-programmes/premier-skills.

To find out more about the football-focused English content and to view the materials online, visit http://premierskills.britishcouncil.org/

The Premier League is involved in a wide range of community projects both in the UK and overseas. For more information on these, see: http://creatingchancesnews.premierleague.com/

 

About the British Council:

 

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We work in more than 100 countries and our 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes.

The British Council was established in India in 1948. We are recognised across India for our network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.

www.britishcouncil.in

For more information contact:

Rajeswari Pradeep Kumar, Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications (South India) at Rajeswari.PradeepKumar@in.britishcouncil.org.

COACH BIOGRAPHIES

Jeremy Weeks – Head coach

Jez Weeks graduated from Exeter University in 2005 with a Masters in Sport and Exercise Science.  It was during his time at Exeter he began coaching as part of the Community and Academy departments at Exeter City FC.   He also spent two summers coaching in the USA as Head Soccer Coach at Lake Owego Sports Camp in Pennsylvania. In 2006, Jez joined Fulham FC where he spent the next five seasons.  He worked for the Fulham FC Foundation as a Sports Development Officer in the London area, whilst also coaching for the Academy and Girl’s Centre of Excellence.  He became Acting Sports Development Manager in 2009, managing all the football, sport and health related development projects across London and Surrey.

Jez left Fulham FC in May 2011 to join the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee (LOCOG) where he was the Paralympic Football Competition Manager.  He was involved in the Olympic Football competition at the 6 stadiums across the UK including Wembley and Old Trafford and managed the Paralympic 5 and 7 a side competitions on the Olympic Park during the Paralympic Games.

Jez has been involved with the Premier Skills programme since 2009 when he travelled to Cameroon for a Phase 1 programme.  He has since been involved in the development of the syllabus for Premier Skills Phase 2 as well as creating a programme together with the Premier League for Magic Bus, a sports development charity in India.  He currently runs his own sports Consultancy Company called W10 and provides on-going support to the development of the Premier Skills programme.

Qualifications: FA Level 1, 2 and 3 Coaching Awards, FA Youth Modules 1 and the Sports Mentor Level 3 awards

Cheryl Louise Edwards

Cheryl began her playing career at grass roots at the age of 11 with Rugby Town Girls, progressing to the ladies team at the age of 15. At 15, she trialled at Birmingham City Ladies Centre of Excellence and earned a year’s contract with them before being loaned out to Coventry City Ladies to gain first team experience in the Ladies Premier League for one season. She then was put into the academy and development squad at Birmingham City Ladies where she spent two years in the academy and then moved into the first team at the age of 20. She made her WSL debut against Notts County LFC. Cheryl achieved her England Colleges Cap at the age of 18 in a tour of Estonia for England Colleges.

Cheryl began her coaching career at the age of 14, volunteering for Rugby Town Girls at various age groups before volunteering at Coventry City Girls. Her first coaching job was with a holiday club called ‘Coolsportz’ working with children aged 4-14 years, before getting football coaching positions with Birmingham City Ladies Centre of Excellence, Solihull Moors Girls and her most recent position with Aston Villa in the Community.

Cheryl is currently studying a Foundation Degree in Coaching Science with Oxford Brooke’s at Solihull College with the ambition of achieving a career in playing and coaching in football.

Qualifications: FA Level 1 Football Coaching, FA Level 2 Football Coaching, FA Youth Module 1, FA Youth Module 2, FA Blind Football Coaching, FA Disability Football Coaching, FA Level 7 Referee
FA Mentoring Adults, FA Junior Football Organiser, FA Age Appropriate Introductory, Level 1 in Coaching Netball, BTEC L3 in Coaching, Development & Fitness.

 

Robert Lewin Perret

Robert has been working in coaching and sports development for 16 years, 10 of which have been with professional football clubs which has given him a comprehensive understanding of the industry, in particular, being able to manage staff, partners, programmes and budgets.  He has a degree in sports studies and holds a UEFA B licence in football coaching.

He is currently employed as Sports Development Manager with Crystal Palace FC Foundation overseeing the elite player development programme, college academies, PL girls, PL4Sport as well as all income generating courses and some inclusion programmes for over 40’s.

Throughout his career in coaching he has been fortunate enough to work with a wide variety of age groups from 3 year old beginners to walking football for over 55’s.  He has also worked across PE delivery, multi sports programmes, girls coaching, elite programmes, grass roots clubs, adult teams, disability groups and academy teams.  Some of the programmes he has coached have allowed him to work with national governing bodies from a number of sports as well as working closely with the FA, Football League & Premier League on joint initiatives.

Qualifications: UEFA B licence in football coaching

 

Graham Laws – Head Referee Coach

Graham served as a National List Referee for 16 years, refereeing over 500 Football League games from 1983 to 2009.  He refereed the play-off finals in 2001, 2002 and 2009.  Graham retired from refereeing in 2009 and became an assessor on the Football League for PGMOL.  In 2010, he became a Referee Coach for PGMOL and is currently still working in this capacity, coaching Football League and Conference Referees.  In 2012, Graham passed an ILM diploma course in Coaching and Mentoring.

Michael Edward Murphy

Michael is currently employed by PGMOL as a part-time Assistant Referee Coach looking after 51 National List Assistant Referees. Within his role, he attends games and provides 1-to-1 feedback, with the intention of helping the Assistant Referees recognise their own strengths and areas for development.  He is also a Contributory League (Level 2b and 3Y) Assessor.  He has also previously acted as a mentor for ten Level 3 Referees.  During his active time as a Referee he was an Assistant Referee on the National list for 10 years, the last 4 as part of the select group. He was also a Panel League referee for three seasons until the 2002-03 season.

Premier Skills Phase 2 training kicks off in India

 

Press release

 

Sunday 1 November 2015

 

Premier Skills Phase 2 training kicks off in India

 

The second phase of the hugely successful Premier Skills initiative, run by the Premier League and the British Council will take place from 2 to 7 November 2015 in Thiruvananthapuram, Keralaat Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE).

Premier Skills is a partnership between the Premier League and the British Council. It uses football as a tool to help develop both community coaching and English language skills. The programme trains sports coaches, referees and youth leaders, enhancing their existing football skills, whilst also developing their leadership skills and a greater understanding of the role football can play in tackling other social issues.

In November 2014, for the Phase 1 training, coaches and referees of the Premier Skills Kolkata Goalz programme, belonging to Kerala Football Association, Goa Football Association, Sports Authority of India, and  three NGOs, were trained at Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE), Kerala.  Phase 2 consists of two training programmes: Coach Education (2 – 7 November 2015) and Referee Development (2 – 4 November 2015). The coach education programme will be attended by 36 Indian coaches and 24 Indian referees will participate in the referee programme. These coaches and referees (from Goa and Kerala) have been chosen from the Phase 1 participants.

During the programme, the coaches and referees will receive training from qualified Premier Skills coaches, giving them the skills and support to develop their own community football projects and development as referees and coaches. The coaches’ training programme will be led by experienced Premier Skills Head Coach Jeremy Weeks supported by Robert Perret, Sports Development Manager with Crystal Palace FC Foundation and Cheryl Edwards, Community Coach at Aston Villa Football Club. The referee training programme will be led by Graham Laws, Referee Coach at Professional Game Match Officials Limited supported by Michael Edward Murphy, Assistant Referee Coach.

The training will end with a demonstration of skills that the coaches and referees have learnt over the course of the programme. This will be showcased on Friday 6 November and Sunday 7 November, at SAI, LNCPE, Thiruvananthapuram.

The course in Thiruvananthapuram is being jointly organised by the British Council and Premier League in association with Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kerala Football Association (KFA) and Goa Football Association (GFA).

In addition to coaching, a range of free materials, including a dedicated website, has been created under Premier Skills for teachers and learners of English that utilise exciting Premier League content and the British Council’s world-class expertise in English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premier League

Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore, said:

“I am thrilled that Premier Skills will return to India this week for Phase 2 of the project. In the UK, Premier League clubs have a long-held commitment to investing in and supporting local community and education programmes and that is now being mirrored internationally, with Premier Skills operating in 25 countries. Given the increasing interest in football in India we are proud to support the country’s growing enthusiasm for the sport by providing more highly trained coaches and referees to pass on their expertise through Premier Skills.”

 

Mei-kwei Barker, Director, British Council South India said

“We are delighted to present Premier Skills, Phase 2 training programme, our very successful partnership project with the Premier League in South India. It combines English and football, two universal languages and with the support of our local partners in India — Sports Authority of India (SAI), Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, All India Football Federation (AIFF), Kerala Football Association (KFA) and Goa Football Association (GFA) — we have been able to provide this opportunity. As part of Phase 2 training, the Coach Education and Referee Development programmes will be attended by successful coaches and referees from Phase 1 of the project. We hope the coaches and referees find this training useful and are able to make the most impact in their respective communities”.

The Programme

Coach Education Programme: 2 – 7 November 2015

The Coach Education curriculum aims to develop a group of local master trainers at the end of the programme. It will help to develop community coach skills and knowledge. The training will be in three parts, over 18 – 24 months and involves attendance at and graduation from each part of the training. There will be learning and practical tasks that must be completed between each of the training. Those that are successful will need to demonstrate continued progress throughout the 3 Phases and with the tasks that they will be asked to complete between the training phases. Successful Phase 3 Graduates will become Premier Skills Coach Educators – and they will have an opportunity to train and develop new Premier Skills Community Coaches to support the work of their organisation.

Referee Development programme: 2 – 4 November 2014

The Referee Development programme is a two phase programme which offers participants an introduction to refereeing at grassroots level. Participants include referees that are already working in community football programmes but who have received minimal or no formal training to improve their refereeing skills and knowledge.

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Notes to the Editor

 

Premier Skills is a partnership between the Premier League and the British Council which uses football as a tool to develop a brighter future for young people around the world.

It draws upon the Premier League’s global appeal and expertise in delivering community programmes in the UK, alongside the British Council’s global network, track record of delivery and world class expertise in English.

Through Premier Skills, young people, including the most vulnerable in society, are given opportunities to become better integrated into their local communities, to develop their skills for employability and raise their self-esteem.

Premier Skills is a proven model, influencing institutional approaches to social action through football as well as providing direct training to coaches and referees.

Since the first pilot in 2007, the project has been delivered across 29 countries: Afghanistan, Botswana, Brazil, Burma, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia (including Libyan participants), Uganda, USA, Vietnam and Zambia.

By 2016, Premier Skills aims to engage at least 50 policy-makers in football as a tool for development, to train at least 3,000 coaches and referees and through them reach more than 300,000 young people.

Through Premier Skills English, teachers and learners of English are given free, compelling learning materials, drawing on football-based content from the most exciting football league in the world.

For more on Premier Skills visit http://www.britishcouncil.org/society/sport/current-programmes/premier-skills.

To find out more about the football-focused English content and to view the materials online, visit http://premierskills.britishcouncil.org/

The Premier League is involved in a wide range of community projects both in the UK and overseas. For more information on these, see: http://creatingchancesnews.premierleague.com/

 

About the British Council:

 

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We work in more than 100 countries and our 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes.

The British Council was established in India in 1948. We are recognised across India for our network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.

www.britishcouncil.in

For more information contact:

Rajeswari Pradeep Kumar, Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications (South India) at Rajeswari.PradeepKumar@in.britishcouncil.org.

COACH BIOGRAPHIES

Jeremy Weeks – Head coach

Jez Weeks graduated from Exeter University in 2005 with a Masters in Sport and Exercise Science.  It was during his time at Exeter he began coaching as part of the Community and Academy departments at Exeter City FC.   He also spent two summers coaching in the USA as Head Soccer Coach at Lake Owego Sports Camp in Pennsylvania. In 2006, Jez joined Fulham FC where he spent the next five seasons.  He worked for the Fulham FC Foundation as a Sports Development Officer in the London area, whilst also coaching for the Academy and Girl’s Centre of Excellence.  He became Acting Sports Development Manager in 2009, managing all the football, sport and health related development projects across London and Surrey.

Jez left Fulham FC in May 2011 to join the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee (LOCOG) where he was the Paralympic Football Competition Manager.  He was involved in the Olympic Football competition at the 6 stadiums across the UK including Wembley and Old Trafford and managed the Paralympic 5 and 7 a side competitions on the Olympic Park during the Paralympic Games.

Jez has been involved with the Premier Skills programme since 2009 when he travelled to Cameroon for a Phase 1 programme.  He has since been involved in the development of the syllabus for Premier Skills Phase 2 as well as creating a programme together with the Premier League for Magic Bus, a sports development charity in India.  He currently runs his own sports Consultancy Company called W10 and provides on-going support to the development of the Premier Skills programme.

Qualifications: FA Level 1, 2 and 3 Coaching Awards, FA Youth Modules 1 and the Sports Mentor Level 3 awards

Cheryl Louise Edwards

Cheryl began her playing career at grass roots at the age of 11 with Rugby Town Girls, progressing to the ladies team at the age of 15. At 15, she trialled at Birmingham City Ladies Centre of Excellence and earned a year’s contract with them before being loaned out to Coventry City Ladies to gain first team experience in the Ladies Premier League for one season. She then was put into the academy and development squad at Birmingham City Ladies where she spent two years in the academy and then moved into the first team at the age of 20. She made her WSL debut against Notts County LFC. Cheryl achieved her England Colleges Cap at the age of 18 in a tour of Estonia for England Colleges.

Cheryl began her coaching career at the age of 14, volunteering for Rugby Town Girls at various age groups before volunteering at Coventry City Girls. Her first coaching job was with a holiday club called ‘Coolsportz’ working with children aged 4-14 years, before getting football coaching positions with Birmingham City Ladies Centre of Excellence, Solihull Moors Girls and her most recent position with Aston Villa in the Community.

Cheryl is currently studying a Foundation Degree in Coaching Science with Oxford Brooke’s at Solihull College with the ambition of achieving a career in playing and coaching in football.

Qualifications: FA Level 1 Football Coaching, FA Level 2 Football Coaching, FA Youth Module 1, FA Youth Module 2, FA Blind Football Coaching, FA Disability Football Coaching, FA Level 7 Referee
FA Mentoring Adults, FA Junior Football Organiser, FA Age Appropriate Introductory, Level 1 in Coaching Netball, BTEC L3 in Coaching, Development & Fitness.

 

Robert Lewin Perret

Robert has been working in coaching and sports development for 16 years, 10 of which have been with professional football clubs which has given him a comprehensive understanding of the industry, in particular, being able to manage staff, partners, programmes and budgets.  He has a degree in sports studies and holds a UEFA B licence in football coaching.

He is currently employed as Sports Development Manager with Crystal Palace FC Foundation overseeing the elite player development programme, college academies, PL girls, PL4Sport as well as all income generating courses and some inclusion programmes for over 40’s.

Throughout his career in coaching he has been fortunate enough to work with a wide variety of age groups from 3 year old beginners to walking football for over 55’s.  He has also worked across PE delivery, multi sports programmes, girls coaching, elite programmes, grass roots clubs, adult teams, disability groups and academy teams.  Some of the programmes he has coached have allowed him to work with national governing bodies from a number of sports as well as working closely with the FA, Football League & Premier League on joint initiatives.

Qualifications: UEFA B licence in football coaching

 

Graham Laws – Head Referee Coach

Graham served as a National List Referee for 16 years, refereeing over 500 Football League games from 1983 to 2009.  He refereed the play-off finals in 2001, 2002 and 2009.  Graham retired from refereeing in 2009 and became an assessor on the Football League for PGMOL.  In 2010, he became a Referee Coach for PGMOL and is currently still working in this capacity, coaching Football League and Conference Referees.  In 2012, Graham passed an ILM diploma course in Coaching and Mentoring.

Michael Edward Murphy

Michael is currently employed by PGMOL as a part-time Assistant Referee Coach looking after 51 National List Assistant Referees. Within his role, he attends games and provides 1-to-1 feedback, with the intention of helping the Assistant Referees recognise their own strengths and areas for development.  He is also a Contributory League (Level 2b and 3Y) Assessor.  He has also previously acted as a mentor for ten Level 3 Referees.  During his active time as a Referee he was an Assistant Referee on the National list for 10 years, the last 4 as part of the select group. He was also a Panel League referee for three seasons until the 2002-03 season.