PL Changemakers celebrates a year of delivery


Our first year of delivering the female leadership programme drew to a close with a celebration here at St Mary’s Stadium.

Funded by the Premier League and Sport Relief, Premier League Changemakers supports girls and young women in developing their personal skills and positive attitudes for leadership.

12 months ago, girls aged 11 to 16 joined Saints Foundation for a summer-long programme of activities designed to inspire and highlight pathways into leadership for the future. We’ve continued to engage with them across this last school year, with the group regularly meeting for workshops, volunteering and sporting sessions. They also got stuck into a host of opportunities when the Women’s EUROs came to Southampton back in July.

One year on from the initial summer programme, this year’s cohort graduated from Premier League Changemakers in a celebration event here at St Mary’s Stadium. Each participant received a certificate, spoke about what they’d learnt about themselves on the programme, and ended the afternoon by taking part in some fun group games.

The group have been invited to return as mentors for the next group of Premier League Changemakers participants, who will start the programme in the autumn. The sign-up window for our next cohort will open in the coming weeks.

Back in January, we shared the story of our Changemaker Jess, who found her confidence had been boosted thanks to the programme. “It's a place for me to communicate with other girls my age and actually do something I enjoy,” she told us. “I feel like it's given me the necessary skills for life, for any situation I come into.”

If you’d like to express interest or find out more about Premier League Changemakers, please email our Inclusion Coordinator Shannon Sievwright at [email protected].