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 firstname.lastname@example.org.