'We Brazilian women have been able to conquer our space, although there is still some sexism and some barriers to be removed.' Premier Skills coach Geisa Silva Santos. Photo: British Council

'We Brazilian women have been able to conquer our space, although there is still some sexism and some barriers to be removed.' Premier Skills coach Geisa Silva Santos. Photo: British Council

'We Brazilian women have been able to conquer our space, although there is still some sexism and some barriers to be removed.' Premier Skills coach Geisa Silva Santos. Photo: British Council

The British Council and the Premier League have committed to an aim – in 2016 – of increasing the proportion of girls and women to 50% among all the young people taking part in Premier Skills. We spoke to two female coaches about the football and education programme in Brazil and Botswana.

Frozan Tajali from the Afghan national women’s team belts the ball. © Gabriela Maj / British Council

Frozan Tajali from the Afghan national women’s team belts the ball. © Gabriela Maj / British Council

Frozan Tajali from the Afghan national women’s team belts the ball. © Gabriela Maj / British Council

The enthusiasm for football is great in Afghanistan and stayed alive even under Taliban rule. Daud Rasool, Deputy Director British Council Afghanistan, walks us through a recent history and the transformational aspect of the Premier Skills programme on the lives of young Afghans.

Young Brazilians practising rugby on a study visit to the UK (Image credit: Frank Noon)

Young Brazilians practising rugby on a study visit to the UK (Image credit: Frank Noon)

Young Brazilians practising rugby on a study visit to the UK (Image credit: Frank Noon)

Premiership Rugby and the British Council have teamed up with Brazil's Social Service for Industry (SESI) on Try Rugby SP, a community rugby programme in Sao Paulo. The programme coaches disadvantaged young people in rugby to improve social inclusion, teach English, and boost interest in the sport in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics

Ray Olivier coaching a new referee in Malaysia (image credit: Glenn Guan)

Ray Olivier coaching a new referee in Malaysia (image credit: Glenn Guan)

Ray Olivier coaching a new referee in Malaysia (image credit: Glenn Guan)

Ray Olivier, a  former professional referee who worked in the English Football League and the Premier League, now works for Professional Game Match Officials. He describes training new referees in Malaysia as part of the British Council and the Premier League's Premier Skills.

Children taking part in Premier Skills in Sudan (image credit: Mohamed Noor)

Children taking part in Premier Skills in Sudan (image credit: Mohamed Noor)

Children taking part in Premier Skills in Sudan (image credit: Mohamed Noor)

Tilal Salih, who works at the British Council Sudan in Khartoum, writes about the final match in the Premier Skills football league in Sudan, which took place on 6 March 2013 and was organised by the British Council and sponsored by USAID. Premier Skills is a partnership between the Continue reading