player to coach scheme

Player to Coach Scheme

Inclusive Coaching Opportunities

The Professional Player to Coach Scheme is a joint programme from the PFA, the Premier League and the EFL, designed to increase the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic players who transition into full-time coaching roles in the professional game.

The scheme provides up to six coaches per season with a 23-month intensive work placement at an EFL club, within the Academy or First Team environment. Each coach works through an individualised learning and development programme during their placement, incorporating a variety of football functions. This usually includes physical performance and conditioning, recruitment, analysis, administration and coaching different age groups.

Participants also receive mentoring from PFA Coach Educators, who have extensive experience developing coaches within a club environment. Members of the Premier League's Black Participants' Advisory Group also support the players and clubs involved in the programme.

If you're a PFA member from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background and are interested in coaching, we encourage you to apply for this programme. The scheme is fully inclusive, available for male and female members of all ages and beneficial for aspiring coaches at any stage in their careers.

The pilot scheme began at the start of the 2020/21 season, with six players-turned-coaches being placed at the following clubs from October 2020:

  • Jon-Paul Pittman at Exeter City
  • Eric Odhiambo at Coventry City
  • Courtney Pitt at Burton Albion
  • Harrison Gilkes at Reading
  • Taff Rahman at Luton Town
  • Darren Byfield at Northampton Town