The PFA Charity has seen a 60% increase in both current and former players seeking support from the education department since March.
The rise in the number of players seeking education support comes at a time when players are on lockdown from the Coronavirus pandemic, which has given many players a chance to consider planning for careers after football.
With uncertainty facing the entire industry and many players out of contract this summer, it is expected that the number of players seeking help from the Education Department is expected to continue to increase.
The PFA Charity so far this season has provided more than 1000 education grants to current and former players, which includes 100 current players. The funding available for players includes funds towards Open University courses in Sports Science, Business Management and Physiotherapy to name a few, as well as training in coaching, leisure, fitness, accountancy and skilled trades.
Chelsea and England defender Fikayo Tomori has, with the help of PFA Charity funding, has undertaken a Business Management degree, with former England and Arsenal defender Alex Scott another to benefit from the funding available, embarking on a successful career in Media. Rob Hulse, former Crewe Alexandra, is another to make use of the funding available and is now working as a physiotherapist in the NHS.
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The PFA Charity can provide support and advice to help you achieve your educational goals. If you’re thinking about your future and want to find out what options are available to you, please send your name, PFA number and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a telephone consultation.