Every PFA member, through their continued personal development, should provide opportunities for themselves to utilise their skills, competencies, and profile outside of playing football. Most chosen careers require a pathway of qualifications.
The PFA Personal Development Department will provide a funding contribution towards most accredited qualifications up to a current lifetime limit of £7500. Please read further for more detail.
Types of funding
If you are undertaking a university undergraduate or postgraduate degree course, you may be eligible for a bursary.
To access this funding, you must apply at the start of, or at least within each academic year of your course. We require proof of your enrolment. This is not an offer letter or notification of pre-enrolment. It should be an official signed letter from the University confirming you have started, the course details and the relevant dates. This should be requested via the admissions or student services function of the University.
We also require evidence of receipt of any student loans or scholarship monies, as proof of funding. The Bursary amount for full-time study is up to £1,250 per year. If studying part time, a pro-rata figure is calculated based on the number of credits being undertaken.
When uploading documents please present the documents suitably. We discourage screen shots and photographs of documents and other information. It is preferable to present as scanned documents. There are simple, easy to use document scanning applications available at no cost. Examples include Genius Scan and Microsoft Lens.
For all other accredited academic or vocational courses, PFA members can apply for a grant. This funding usually covers up to 50% of your contribution to course fees. There is an annual maximum of £2000 per year and must be considered if multiple courses are undertaken in any year.
PFA grants are paid on completion of your course. The evidence required to progress your grant application is a copy of the certificate of achievement/ completion and proof of your contribution to payment. All claims must be submitted within 6-months of course completion. When uploading documents please present the documents suitably. We discourage screen shots and photographs of documents and other information. It is preferable to present as scanned documents. There are simple, easy to use document scanning applications available at no cost. Examples include Genius Scan and Microsoft Lens.
If you are registered as unemployed (receiving Universal Credit), you may be entitled to enhanced financial assistance towards your education from the PFA.
You can submit a claim for a PFA grant up to six months after completing the course, but we are unable to consider retrospective claims beyond that. However, you will still be able to access the full amount of financial support towards a new accredited course.