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Paul Hughes, one of the head coaches of Premier Skills, sees much potential in Malaysia and believes football can reach a much higher level here

Premier Skills is a program organized by Barclays Premier League together with British Council, and also with the support from Football Association Malaysia. The programs objective is to use football to develop a brighter future for young people around the world.

Paul Hughes, Social Inclusion and Projects Manager at English Premiership Club Reading FC, believes Malaysia has a lot of talented people who are keen to develop themselves, especially the individuals who are involved in the Premier Skills program. Paul, who is an UEFA qualified coach spoke exclusively to

"The coaches who we are working with are very passionate and dedicated individuals that are keen to develop themselves. Working with the Premier League and the British Council will give them the opportunity to add more knowledge."

He mentioned that these individuals, who have been actively receiving training in Premier Skills, can help the further development of Malaysia at grassroots levels, and improvements can go right up to the top.

"I've done about 15 courses not only here, but China, Africa, Kenya, Uganda and there are about 22 countries that Premier Skills are involved in, Malaysia are only the second country to have gone through to Phase 3."

As one of the head coaches for this program, he hopes to give support and knowledge to those who support football.  "It's not just about Premier League football, I'm also passionate about developing other people in the community. Like myself, I have played the game and now I want to see other people enjoying the game and I want to pass that knowledge to these people. To me, that is what the program is all about, It is about legacy and leaving something behind for future."