Filmed at Crystal Palace, Fabrice Muamba presents this episode of PFATV celebrating the fact that, with the ongoing support of the Professional Footballers' Association and Premier League, 25,000 young people have now been helped through Prince’s Trust Football Initiative.
Current first team player, Fraizer Campbell, teamed up with former player and Crystal Palace FC first team coach John Salako to be questioned by youngsters who have benefitted from The Prince’s Trust football related programmes. The sports personalities were joined by Emmanuel Nwanze, 21, who now works as a coach at Crystal Palace FC Foundation, after taking part in The Prince’s Trust Get Started with Football programme and Soye Briggs, Community Development Director at the Crystal Palace FC Foundation.
The panel spoke to an audience of young people, on the theme of ‘what football has taught me’. They gave their own advice and opinions to the young people who are working towards employment, education or training by engaging with Trust courses.
Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive of the PFA, said: “This event is a chance for young people to meet players but it’s something that inspires both parties. For the young people it’s a chance to find out how their heroes coped with difficulties, and came through. And for the players, it’s a chance to find out more about the challenges facing today’s youngsters and how football can help them overcome obstacles.”
The Prince’s Trust works with over 40 Premier League and Football League Clubs helping 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.