Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) established a five-year cooperation today.
The agreement may improve funding and support for the players’ union’s vast range of services supplied to its members across the professional game at all stages of their careers.
Key areas include:
– An increased emphasis on player welfare and support
– Continued work on community initiatives and coaching programs to increase workforce diversity
– Greater support for Academy players released by their clubs, including funding for the EFL Youth Development and Scholarship Fund
– Education for careers after playing, player counselling services, mental health support, and medical research
The cooperation will supplement existing initiatives focused at expanding football worker diversity, such as the Professional Player to Coach Scheme.
The Premier League and the PFA have collaborated to support the initiative. It had 46 participants over three years, with 36 of them currently working full-time at clubs.
Premier League and PFC Collaboration
‘Important work to help players’
“We are delighted to renew our partnership with the PFA and extend our long-term commitment of support for a further five years,” Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said.
“The PFA does vital work to support Premier League players and players throughout the game.”
We want to see that they get the help they need to deal with up and down of professional football. Also we are prepared for life beyond football.
“We look forward to continuing our work with the PFA on player welfare, as well as a variety of other significant neighborhood initiatives and those that promote greater coach diversity.”
“This new long-term agreement recognizes the critical role the PFA continues to play as the players’ union,” Maheta added.
“The new agreement will support the PFA’s wide range of services to its members.”
It would also assure the continuance of the Premier League and PFA-funded successful projects across the game.
“The length of this new agreement reflects the positive and collaborative relationship that the Premier League and the PFA have established.” It assures that we will be able to collaborate on common goals. Importantly, it also means that when difficulties do arise on behalf of players, we will work together to find solutions.”