PFA Team Talk: Ben Parker

Community Liaison Officer Ben Parker joined the PFA in December 2023 to support the delivery of community initiatives and partnerships across the football leagues.  

A Yorkshire native, Parker started his career with Leeds United and went on to complete spells with Darlington, Guiseley and Harrogate Town. After retiring from playing, Parker rejoined Leeds United as a Community Link Officer, and also continues to support the club with match day punditry and commentary.  

Now a member of the PFA’s community team, Parker is relishing the opportunity to help members engage in the local community and give back to clubs’ loyal fanbases.  

“As a union, we have a strong voice and can share such a powerful message. Being able to facilitate this community work alongside our members is really inspiring.”  

“Prior to joining the PFA I spent three years as a community link officer at Leeds United. The role was actually part-funded by the PFA, so I had developed great connections with the union beforehand which helped my transition into this full-time role." 

The PFA’s community department contributes funding and resources to support the vast network of Club Community Organisations (CCOs) which support members’ local engagement away from the pitch. 

“When players see first-hand what impact they can have in the community, it’s incredibly rewarding.  

“Not only do the beneficiaries feel inspired and engaged, so do the players. They come away from these activities knowing they’ve made a real difference to somebody on that particular day. 

“These are the people that come and watch the players at a weekend. So – for me – there really is no better feeling than giving back and using your influence for good.  

“Football is such a powerful force in people’s lives, and at the PFA we recognise that. Our job as the players’ union is to help our members effectively use their influence for good in the communities that are close to their clubs.”  

The PFA is committed to publicly celebrating the fantastic community outreach work players do to support CCOs and local communities. These initiatives elevate the football industry's reputation and inspire more footballers to recognise the power they have to make positive changes in the world.  

Click here to read more about the PFA’s Community department.  


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