The Premier League and Professional Footballers' Association
Many of the young people who need our help the most live in the same inner city areas as some of the country’s top football clubs. That’s why we first started shaping some of our courses around the game and the reason our relationship with the Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) is so important to us.
Since the launch of our football initiative in 1997, the ongoing support of the Premier League and the PFA, along with over 40 professional football clubs, has enabled us to help over 26,000 young people.
The partnership helps young people develop their confidence, motivation and team-building skills. It also assists them in gaining new qualifications – helping three in four young people get into jobs, education and training.
Our young people are inspired after meeting the professional footballers who motivate and encourage them after dropping in on courses to offer support and advice.
Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, says:
Premier League football clubs support our Get Started programmes for unemployed young people as well as our Fairbridge programme, working with people aged 13 to 25 that other organisations find difficult to engage through coaching sessions.
Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League, says:
Faced with a five-year custodial sentence for drug offences, Toby, 26, from Penarth, Cardiff, felt lost. He became reserved and withdrawn in prison, and as time went on, he stopped believing in himself.
Knowing that he had previously played football for Bristol City, Toby’s prison officer suggested he join the Get Started with Football programme.
Toby’s entire attitude changed – his confidence began to return, he became more motivated and started setting himself goals. His turnaround was praised by his prison officers and he was applauded as a shining example to offenders of what can be achieved by using your time constructively.
Toby was later transferred to an open prison and applied to become a volunteer at Cardiff City FC His professional work ethic has led to paid employment at Cardiff City FC, where he is now a full time tutor working and coaching on Get Started Courses. He has also enrolled on a Foundation Degree with South Wales University.
We can’t wait to score even more successes with the Premier League and PFA over the coming years.