In 1997 HRH The Prince of Wales launched the Football Initiative at Old Trafford.
Since then the ongoing support of the Premier League and the Professional Footballers' Association has enabled the Trust to help over 25,000 young people through football.
Working with over 40 Premier League and Football League Clubs the partnership helps young people develop their confidence, motivation and team working skills. It also helps them gain new qualifications that have helped three in four young people in jobs, education or training.
Young people are also inspired by the support of over 170 professional footballers who offer motivation and encouragement by meeting with many of the young people who take part in programmes delivered by their clubs.
The partnership supports the following Prince’s Trust Programmes:
Get Started are short courses run by professional tutors in sport, music and creative arts. Football Clubs will deliver a range of Get Started programmes based on themes which include football, cooking, media and other themes which will engage young people.
The Explore programme works with young people aged 13-25 that other organisations find difficult to engage - giving them the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives. Football Clubs will deliver regular coaching sessions to young people on the programme.
Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive, Premier League
Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive, The Professional Footballers’ Association