Jeremy Weeks, Head Coach of Premier Skills – an initiative of Premier League feels the success mantra for India to see itself grow as a footballing nation rests on its ability to develop a larger pool of skilled coaches and coach educators.


Jeremy Weeks was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the week long ISL-Premier Skills training program at Cooperage Ground, Mumbai on Sunday, 11th Sept. Weeks stressed upon the importance of creating a vast talent pool of coaches and coach educators in India, who further need to work in the communities in encouraging young players to enjoy the sport.

Premier Skills has partnered with the Indian Super League and All India Football Federation (AIFF) to launch its football skills enhancing programme in India, with the Phase 1 course having concluded today. The launch of Premier Skills in Mumbai marks the beginning of the partnership with an aim to extend the initiative to a full three phase training programme in the coming months.


Over the last one week, 50 grassroots and youth coaches from the eight Indian Super League clubs and community football coaches from NGO’s received expert training and valuable insights in footballing skills from Jeremy Weeks and his qualified team of coaches at Premier Skills. The program was designed to provide ISL clubs grassroots coaches with the skills and support they require to develop their own community football projects.

Jeremy Weeks was supported by Robert Parrett, Development Manager at Crystal Palace Football Club and Katie Bottom, Women and Girls Development Officer at West Ham United Football Club. They were joined by three Indian Premier Skills coach educators Kuntala Ghosh Dastidar, Shekhar Kerkar and Shafeeq Hassan who have come through the programme in India between 2013-16.


Said Jeremy Weeks, Premier Skills Head Coach “There is a passion and enthusiasm for the sport of football evident in India, more so after the onset of the Indian Super League here. There is a different set of skills required to be a good grassroots community coach. And that’s what we have set out to achieve over the last few days. We aren’t here to tell the coaches what to do. This is about our Premier league clubs sharing our knowledge and skills with the Indian coaches. It’s amazing to see coaches enthusiastic about learning and developing themselves. If we need more youth to play, we will need more coaches to develop and help players improve their skills.”


He added, “I am extremely happy with the progress of all the young coaches and ISL team grassroots coaches. They showed great enthusiasm over the week, here in Mumbai, and were always eager to learn more. I hope they continue with their dedication for the next two phases and do justice to the job by spreading knowledge and serving the community.”


Sundar Raman, CEO, Reliance Sports said, “These are exciting times for football in India. Delighted that there are so many footballing conversations in the country and we are hopeful that it will lead to a greater interest in the sport. Children today are looking up to footballers as role models and are hoping to step up in honing their skills. That’s where good guidance is important and hence Indian Super League felt it’s important to bring on board Premier Skills program for coaching Indian football coaches.”


Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘ache din’ for India, Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF said, “like our Prime Minister says, we should soon see ‘ache din’ for Indian football through such initiatives. AIFF has been working on the cause of football in the country and our focus over the past couple of years has been on development of grassroots football and coach educators. On behalf of AIFF, I am happy to announce that the successful candidates from Phase 1 of Premier Skills are eligible for AIFF ‘D’ licence certificate and further in three months, they can apply for AFC ‘C’ licence.”

List of participants who successfully completed for the Premier Skills Phase 1 program :


Team(grassroots) Coaches
Atletico De Kolkata Biswajit Ghoshal

Nilanjan Guha

Shubhankar Nag


Chennaiyin FC Jude Anthony Atkinson

K. Sakthivel

S.Satish Yadav

Prabhakar Raj J

Vinod Kumar Natesan Ramamoorthy


Delhi Dynamos FC Arobindo Thakur

Neha Yadav

Om Prakash Chibber

Sanyam Jain

Sarthak Prabhakar


FC Goa Allain D costa

Silva Benjamin Inacio Concesao

Clinton Pacheco

Johnson Fernandes

Rupesh Madkar


FC Pune City Arnold Wilson

Mohan Daas

Akshay R

Ketan Sarode


Ranil Gaikwad


Kerala Blasters FC Ahsan Javed

Anoop Satheesan

Ramesh A.V.

Jaseela Elayadath

Rahul M.L.

Rajesh N.M


Mumbai City FC Dinesh Nair

Kartik Praksah Menda

Nagma Shaikh

Rohit Mhaske

Toshiba Khan


NorthEast United FC Ananda Basumataray

Sarika Brahma Hazarika

Subam Rabha

Slum Soccer(Nagpur) Pankaj Mahajan

Prasanna Kharat

Oscar Foundation(Mumbai) Poonam Gautam

Rajesh Chauhan

Cequin(Delhi) Anne Aiza Khan

Sushanta Dhal

Magic Bus(Mumbai) Mohit Bholi

Ravi Chauhan

Special Olymics(Mumbai) Anoushka Catherine Fernandes

Archie Dias

Dream a Dream(Bangalore) Pallavi Shyamsundar

Ranjith M

Severin Godinho


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