Meet the PFA – 1 Day GFTU Event


On Sunday 28th January 2018, as part of the GFTU Education offering, come and learn all about The PFA – the world’s oldest sporting union.


Find out all about the challenges it has successfully faced thanks to the strength and solidarity of its membership.

The PFA is a key figure in all aspects of the professional game affecting its members and has added to its reputation on the principle of player care during and after football.

Combining interactive workshops with theatrical performances, and guest appearances, this event will open your eyes to the work the union undertakes in key areas such as:

• Mental Health & Player Welfare

• Equality And Diversity

• Education

• Transition & Career Change

• Community Engagement

• Benevolent & Medical Support

• Coaching

The story of the oldest trade union in sport, the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), offers a fascinating insight not just into football, but into how a modern trade union can attract 100% membership and support every aspect of its members’ lives.

The General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) has put on a special showcase day at Quorn Grange Hotel in Leicestershire for the public to get to know the PFA more.

If you are a football fan this will provide a behind the scenes analysis of how football really works.

If you are interested in elite and community sport and its role in society, the day will provide a unique opportunity to discuss with leading players how sport, community development and social concerns go together.

GFTU General Secretary Doug Nicholls said: “We are really proud to be hosting this event which will break a number of myths about football and about unions. I hope fans, families and budding players from school and all those interested in contemporary sport will join us on the day.”

PFA Assistant Director of Education, Oshor Williams, who has helped organise the event said: “We are very proud of what we do in the PFA but we are conscious that the wider public may not be aware of the many things we do from contract negotiations, to players’ welfare to social and health and safety campaigning within the profession, for male and female players of course. We’ve brought together some leading experts to take people through in an informal and friendly way the range of our work. Please join us on the day.”

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