Every registered professional player can work with a Personal Development Manager (PDM) to explore:
Education & Skills Development
Access information, advice and guidance on flexible learning options from your PDM. This includes introduction courses to degrees and beyond as well as vocational pursuits including coaching qualifications and life skills.
Career coaching & Guidance
Receive individualised future career planning to identify career areas and specific roles. Your PDM will help with identification, preparation and action and will advocate career activism and change readiness.
Supporting individuals’ welfare and positive wellbeing through promotion of resources and signposting to PFA Wellbeing services.
Encouraging players to be more financially literate is important. The PFA believes the average length of a professional playing career is less than 8 years.
Planning and Advice
There are a range of distance-learning and online courses you can try, so you don’t necessarily have to make time to attend an academic institution. However, many of the courses we recommend are designed especially for professional sportspeople and take your playing commitments into account.
We help hundreds of current and former professionals with their education plans every year, and most are surprised at how much we can offer.