Minister Hurd participated in a small football festival in which he saw how young people ,including the most vulnerable in society are given opportunities to be better integrated into their local communities which will help them develop their self esteem through the British council funded premier skills football coaching.
The UK Minister in his statement said he represents his government, and that the British Government is very committed to support Sierra Leone and the President’s Recovery Priorities.
‘We have committed two hundred and forty million pounds of British tax payers money to support the battle against Ebola which was won. He added that they are still committed to the country especially the Young people.
What is important according to the UK Minister for International Development, DFiD is very much interested in education and how to help shape the lives of young people for the better, noting that sports is powerful in the mind of people which can be taught how to deal with others.
He extended appreciation to the British council for having funded the premier skill football coaching and the minister of sport for his ambition to develop sports.
Minister of Sports, Ahmed khanou in his statement, commended the effort of the British council and the British government for their relentless effort toward sports in Sierra Leone.
‘I and my ministry are working hard to make sure sports takes different dimension’ He said one of the priorities of the president is to develop every sector in his government, and the sports ministry in particular to achieve its desired goals. The premier skills program he says is part of sports development that can change and develop football in sierra leone.
One of the local coaches who benefited from the training, Fonie Conteh said the course was helpful to her and it’s an opportunity to empower young people and their potential so that they could help develop sports particularly football.
She further said during the Course, they were taught how to use the premier skills to bring young people from different backgrounds together as a means to fostering peaceful and positive relationships.
Premier skills was launched in Sierra Leone in March 2016 when forty nine coaches and 24 referees were trained by a UK head coach from Stoke City FC and a supporting team from Hull City FC, building on hull’s wider collaboration with Freetown , supported by key local partners in Sierra Leone Football Association, and the Craig Bellamy foundation ,who sent coaches and referee from their networks