PFAS Wellbeing Fund

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The PFA Scotland Wellbeing Fund was launched in November 2014 to help fund the union’s work supporting member’s emotional health and wellbeing.

Over the years, the players union have spearheaded campaigns relating to a variety of issues which affect their members including Mental Health and Gambling.

With PFA Scotland’s support, players have been able to access expert care and counselling they need.

However, with no financial support forthcoming from the game's governing bodies, this work has been self-funded by PFA Scotland and for this reason we set up the Wellbeing Fund to ensure we could continue to provide this crucial service to our members.

Fraser Wishart, Chief Executive of PFA Scotland, said: “Over the years we have had a number of initiatives aimed at educating and helping our members in their lives both on and off the pitch.

“The welfare of our members is of paramount importance to us and it’s become clear that more and more players are needing our help for a number of issues, be it mental health, gambling or their general health.

“It is a big responsibility and comes with a number of implications, not least of which is financial. We want to provide the best service possible to our members so we decided to form the Wellbeing Fund to help us provide on-going expert advice and counselling for our members.”

Although the service is confidential, two players chose to speak out about their battle with mental health problems in a bid to raise awareness.

Striker David Cox opened up on his long running battle with depression, which has seen him attempt to take his own life, and Airdrie forward Iain Russell was the face of PFA Scotland’s ‘Mind Games’ film where he spoke out about his own personal issues.

He said: “PFA Scotland were there for me during some troubling times and I would encourage any player experiencing issues to approach them. The help and support I got from them has been invaluable and I think the Wellbeing Fund is a great idea.” 

The first event to raise money for the Wellbeing Fund was a dinner at the Thistle Hotel, with funds raised split between the Wellbeing Fund and the Jordan Moore Cancer Charity. Former Dundee United starlet Jordan beat skin cancer and has set up his own fundraising charity to raise money to help in the fight against the killer disease.

Jordan said: “I think it is great that PFA Scotland have a Wellbeing Fund to help their members and raise awareness of issues that affect players in their everyday lives.”

If you would like to support the Wellbeing Fund then please contact Michelle on 07796 171490 or email