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PFA Scotland Praise for Hearts Administration Pay-Out to Players

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PFA Scotland has welcomed the news that Hearts have settled all outstanding administration debts owed to their players.

The club has now fully paid all salaries due from the Romanov regime prior to administration and to the five players made redundant – including John Sutton and Andy Driver – during the administration process.

PFA Scotland were called in by the players when the Tynecastle club were on the brink of administration in June 2013 to look after the welfare and rights of their members.

They were involved in crucial behind the scenes talks with administrator BDO and league bosses to ensure any purchase agreement clearly stated that debts to players had to be met.

That debt has now been settled in full by new owner Ann Budge as of the end of November 2014 with a substantial six figure sum paid to those players affected.

Fraser Wishart, Chief Executive of PFA Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to hear our members have received all the outstanding monies owed to them.

“Hearts have been great to deal with and settled these debts very quickly. Ann Budge and her team have dealt with the matter in a courteous and professional manner which has led to these debts being settled in a short period of time.

“As a union we have fought hard to ensure that monies owed to our members are viewed in the same way as monies owed to other clubs, i.e. what is commonly known as “football debt”. There is no provision within the standard players contract to allow for unilateral termination by a club using the administration process and therefore terminating a player’s contract in this way is viewed as an ordinary wrongful breach of contract. In recent administrations our members at Dundee and Dunfermline have also had monies owed to them paid as part of the CVA and purchase agreement.”

In the last 15 years, Fraser Wishart and PFA Scotland have represented its members in administrations at various clubs including Rangers, Motherwell, Airdrieonians and Livingston.

 

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Media Training Course 2015

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Fancy a career as a tv or radio pundit when you hang up your boots?

Or perhaps you want to hone your presentation skills, before you unleash yourself on a dressing room full of players?

If that’s the case then PFA Scotland, and their media partner Enterprise Screen, will be running a Media Training Course for its members in the New Year.

The two day course – run over two consecutive Wednesday’s – will cover a range of topics including:

  • Pre and Post-Match interview simulation
  • Creation of speeches and presentations
  • On-camera presentations with a review including helpful hints and tips from the professionals
  • On-camera interviews in a safe and confidential environment
  • Understanding body language

 

This is the tenth season since the inaugural course and among those who have participated are Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, former goalkeeper-turned-lawyer Derek Stillie, St Johnstone’s Chris Millar (now a columnist with The Sun), new Hearts boss Robbie Neilson and PFA Scotland chairman John Rankin, who regularly features as a pundit on Sportscene.

We’ve already got a few players who have shown an interest in this the upcoming course so if you want to join them then please contact me asap by emailing michelle@pfascotland.co.uk or call my mobile 07796 171490.

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Wellbeing Fund/Jordan Moore Dinner A Success

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We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and supported the PFA Scotland Wellbeing Fund/Jordan Moore Dinner last Friday.

A good night was had by all, topped by the fact that Scotland beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0, courtesy of a Shaun Maloney goal, to stay on course to qualify for Euro 2016.

Around 180 guests joined us at the Thistle Hotel and very generously dug deep to raise money for Dundee United’s Jordan Moore, who is currently battling cancer, and our recently launched Wellbeing Fund which will allow us to provide on-going expert advice and counselling for our members experiencing mental health issues, gambling and other such addictions.

The great and good of Scottish Football were there including Hibs manager Alan Stubbs, Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara, Arabs skipper – and PFA Chairman – John Rankin and Celtic legend Billy McNeill.

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There were a few other well kent faces in the audience including Still Game’s Sanjeev Koli (Navid) and Paul Riley (Winston).

Host for the evening was Peter Martin who conducted a pre-match Q&A with special guests Stephen McManus and James McFadden.

Overall the night was a great success and we’re hoping it will be the first of many.

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PFA Scotland Launch Wellbeing Fund

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PFA Scotland are delighted to announce the launch of the PFA Scotland Wellbeing Fund.

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

Just a fortnight ago, with PFA Scotland’s support, Peterhead striker David Cox became the latest player to come forward and openly talk about his battle with mental health problems in a bid to raise awareness.

The PFA Scotland Wellbeing Fund will ensure that David and other players with similar issues will continue to receive the expert care and counselling they need.

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.”

Queen of the South forward Iain Russell was the face of PFA Scotland’s ‘Mind Games’ film where he spoke out about his own personal issues and is urging everyone to give their support to the new initiative.

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 will be a dinner at the Thistle Hotel on Friday 14th November.

As their members wellbeing is crucial to everything they do, money raised at the dinner will be split between the Wellbeing Fund and Jordan Moore – the Dundee United starlet who 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 are starting a Wellbeing Fund to help their members and raise awareness of issues that affect players in their everyday lives. I’m very thankful they’ve chosen to help me raise money to help fight cancer.”

Former Scotland stars James McFadden, Kenny Miller and Stephen McManus will join guests for a dinner and a pre-match Q&A session before watching the crucial Euro 2016 qualifier between Scotland and the Republic of Ireland on giant screens.

Tables of 10 cost £500 – individual tickets £50 – and there will be an auction and raffle on the night too.

To book a table – or for more information – contact Michelle Evans at PFA Scotland on 07796 171490 or email michelle@pfascotland.co.uk.

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SRtRC Weekend Of Action

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The 2014/15 Show Racism the Red Card Weekend of Action takes place across the Scotland’s football grounds this weekend.

At every SPFL game across the country this weekend (Friday 17th October/Saturday 18th October) clubs will unite in calling for an end to racism in both football and society in general.

They will be joined by players from more than 40 European countries as part of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network which is against racism and discrimination.

The Scotland national team showed their support for the campaign during their get together ahead of last weekend’s 1-0 win over Georgia.

Fraser Wishart, Chief Executive of PFA Scotland said: “PFA Scotland is proud to once again be a sponsor of the Fortnight of Action. Show Racism the Red Card staff do sterling work throughout the year, in particular working with young people and schools. A lot of this goes unnoticed in the media which is why the Fortnight of Action is important to promote publically all the good work that is done behind the scenes.

“Huge steps have been made towards eradicating racism from the game in this country; we must not however become complacent as there is always work to do and must continue to support the good work of the campaign.

“The players’ union have been supporters of the campaign since its inception when Tony Higgins was one the main driving forces in the formation of the Scottish arm.

“Since then Show Racism the Red Card has become a model for anti-racist campaigns in football throughout the world. Our members have been strong in their support over the years and will once again get fully behind the message that racism and other forms of discrimination are not acceptable within Scottish football.”

For more information on the Weekend of Action go to the Show Racism the Red Card website www.theredcardscotland.org

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FIFA FIFPro World XI Voting Underway Among PFAS Members

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Players from Inverness and Ross County have had their say in this season’s 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI vote.

Both sets of players made their choices last week during one of our PFA Scotland visits.

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Inverness captain Richie Foran and his teammates – currently sitting third in the Scottish Premiership after an impressive start to the season – took their time deciding who got the nod as they followed in the steps of last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid teammates in selecting their World XI.

Their local rivals Ross County followed suit with assistant manager Billy Dodds giving the lads a few pointers on who he thought should be included.

Over the next few weeks, Stuart and Michelle from PFA Scotland will be asking players from across the country to join the lads from Inverness and Ross County in casting their votes for the ultimate prize which will be announced next January at the Ballon d’Or in Switzerland.

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Old Course Deal for PFAS Members

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PFA Scotland have teamed up with the Old Course Hotel St Andrews to give our members an International Break offer.

The internationally renowned hotel – famous for its golfing connections – has just hosted the Dunhill Links Championship won by English golfer Oliver Wilson.

So if you fancy getting away from it all during the international break and maybe fitting in a round at the Old Course then the hotel is offering a deal of £150 per room Bed and Breakfast.

Anyone interested should contact Fiona Gray, Senior Sales Manager, on 07791 889674 or email fiona.gray@oldcoursehotel.co.uk.

You will need to quote your PFA Scotland membership to access the deal.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Launches the World XI Vote

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The vote for the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI has officially been launched.

For the tenth consecutive year, FIFPro invites up all professional footballers worldwide to vote for their World XI.

The reigning World Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo filled in the first ballot for this year’s players’ vote starting the debate on which eleven players will make it into this year’s team.
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On Monday January 12, the all star 11 will be announced jointly by FIFA and FIFPro at the Ballon d’Or in Switzerland.

Luis Rubiales, FIFPro Vice President and President of Spanish players union AFE, officially handed the first ballot to Cristiano Ronaldo.

More than twenty thousand professional footballers worldwide will follow Ronaldo’s example in the upcoming month.

They will chose the eleven players who according to them deserve most to be in the World XI – they must pick 1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 3 midfielders and 3 attackers.

“I am proud and pleased to be here and to be able to nominate the best eleven players in the world”, said Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been a member of the World XI since 2007, a record 7 selections.

“It means a lot to be part of the best eleven in the world. The players are the guys who really understand this business more than anybody else. I hope that I will be voted for the eighth consecutive year – that would be amazing.”

Ronaldo explained how he produced his World XI: “There are many criteria. They are what a player has done in the past season, the titles he has won at both the collective level and the individual level, and the start of this season too.

“It is about the players who are more consistent and who demonstrate a high level all through the year and also have obtained the most important titles, which in my opinion were the Champions League and the World Championship.

“I think those are the criteria that should count the most.”

PFA Scotland will be giving forms to all our members over the coming weeks so they can play their part in deciding who makes it into the FIFA FIFPro World XI.

 

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PFA Scotland Website Changes

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The PFA Scotland website will be undergoing a few changes over the coming weeks as we update the site.

Please bear with us as while we are making a few improvements and please keep checking the site regularly to see what has changed.

We value our members feedback so if there is anything you would like to see on the website that isn’t already there then please contact Michelle Evans on michelle@pfascotland.co.uk or call her on 07796 171490.

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PFA SCOTLAND “PLAYER” NEWSLETTER ELEVENTH EDITION

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PFA Scotland is delighted to make available the eleventh edition of  its “Player” newsletter.

Included in the final publication for season 2013-14 is a feature on Livingston’s Andrew Barrowman and his participation in the FIFPro degree course, Brett Molloy of East Stirlingshire discuss his experience with social media, while former Partick Thistle youngster Bradley Halsman describes his new business venture.

There is also a review of the launch of the educational film Mind Games: Mental Health in Scottish football, a look back at the recent CV and Career Planning course, along with information on third party ownership and social dialogue.

To read the newsletter online please click on the following link:

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TRIBUTE TO DAVID TAYLOR

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Following the sad passing of former SFA Chief Executive David Taylor, PFA Scotland Chief Executive paid his tributes on behalf of the organisation.

“David was always an approachable and thoughtful man who was always interested in listening to the opinion of others.  In particular he was willing to consult with the players union on various issues.  He was passionate about Scottish football and the National Team in particular.”

“I was speaking to him only last month and he was extremely happy in his job at UEFA.  Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this difficult time”

FIFPro Board Member and PFA Scotland President Tony Higgins added “I was so shocked and saddened to hear of David’s passing as I spoke to him recently at a London airport and he was in fine fettle.”

“  I knew David well from both his roles at the SFA and UEFA and I found him to genuinely believe that proper dialogue with the players’ was fundamental to good governance in football.  He was also very popular with staff at UEFA and was held in the highest esteem.  Football will sorely miss his presence”

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