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PFA Scotland has been contacted by Show Racism the Red Card and Global Premier Soccer about some possible job opportunities for our members.

See the infomation below, which includes contact details for anyone wishing to enquire or apply.

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We are now advertising for the position of Campaign Manager with Show Racism The Red Card, click the link below for more information or to apply.

http://www.theredcardscotland.org/get-involved/job-vacancies

Global Premier Soccer

Global Premier Soccer have allocated three new coaching positions to fill for August 2015 (post try-outs) – 1 in Boston (Massachusetts)  , 1 in Charlotte (North Carolina) and 1 in Atlanta (Georgia)

These are 4 month opportunities until the end of November with the option to go back out between January and March 2016)

Need to have minimum of Level 2 coaching qualification , 2 years’ experience coaching, playing background, full drivers license, clean passport, clean police background check.

Can be male or female – aged between 19-30.

If you are interested then please contact Philip Mitchell on pmitchell@globalpremiersoccer.com as soon as possible as positions need filled urgently.

 

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Player Showcase: Thank You

The PFA Scotland/DPS Group Player Showcase and Exit Trial might be over but the hard part has only just begun.

It’s now over to the players to further impress any managers, coaches and scouts that contact them in pre-season and hopefully win themselves a contract for the 2015/16 season.

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We’d like to thank all the managers and clubs for their turnout on Saturday and also the media for their fantastic coverage throughout the week and raising the players profiles.

At PFA Scotland we’ll be doing all we can to support the boys (including washing all the kit!) who took part last week as well as our members in general.

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There’s also a few thank you’s to get through -

Our sponsors DPS Group for their support and inparticular Managing Director John Green and Fiona Hunter for their delivery of the education aspect – the boys really enjoyed the CV Writing and Interview Technique workshops.

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New College Lanarkshire and Todd Lumsden for allowing us to use their base at the Broadwood Campus for the week – from the changing rooms to the gym and classrooms, it was first class. Todd also gave the boys a short presentation on the courses available at NCL for them to study.

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Graeme Atkinson and his staff at Broadwood for the pitch time and doing all they could to accommodate us.

Our Insurance Partners Sport Insure – who covered all the players for the week. Martin Delany and his team have been great supporters and we look forward to working them again in the future.

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Steven Dow and Football Nation for the amazing Red and Blue strips the players wore in Saturday’s Exit Trial.

Kurt Anderson and Police Scotland for giving the boys advice on a future career on the beat.

Fitness Trainer Alan Thomson, who spoke to the boys about volunteering at the Kibble School, Paisley.

All of our guest coaches – John Rankin, Mark Wilson, Craig Easton, Neil McCann, Todd Lumsden, Allan Moore and Goalkeeping coach Paul Gallacher. Plus Sports Therapist Dominic Green, of DG Injury Clinic, and Dunfermline physio Kenny Murray.

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Last, but not least, the players who got involved and our resident Head Coaches Andrew Barrowman and Richard Brittain along with goalie coach Derek Gaston – we couldn’t have done it without you guys!

 

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PFA Scotland Awards Winners 2015

Celtic did the double at last night’s PFA Scotland Awards Dinner.

Midfielder Stefan Johansen was crowned PFA Scotland Player of the Year while teammate Jason Denayer picked up Young Player of the Year at the annual awards ceremony in Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel.

Inverness Manager John Hughes was awarded Manager of the Year pipping Ronny Deila, Derek McInnes and Robbie Neilson to the trophy.

In a very tight category contested by both Edinburgh clubs, Hibs Scott Allan came out on top to lift the Championship Player of the Year – ahead of Hearts trio Jamie Walker, Alim Ozturk and Morgaro Gomis.

A day after winning the League One title, Morton’s Declan McManus – on loan from Aberdeen – added the League One Player of the Year to his accolades for the season.

Arbroath’s Bobby Linn was the winner in the League Two category edging out teammate Simon Murray, Elgin striker Shane Sutherland and Queen’s Park’s Paul Woods.

Sky Sports Goal of the Season – presented by Sky Sports News anchor Hayley McQueen – was won by St Mirren’s Stephen Mallan for his superb goal against Dundee at Dens Park.

This year’s Special Merit Award went to Dundee United’s Jordan Moore for his inspirational attitude which has seen him raise thousands for charity since being diagnosed with melonoma skin cancer at the start of last year.

A huge thank you to all our winners, nominees and guest presenters on the night.

The Full List of Winners are:

PFA Scotland Player of the Year – Stefan Johansen (Celtic)

PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year – Jason Denayer (Celtic)

PFA Scotland Manager of the Year – John Hughes (Inverness CT)

PFA Scotland Special Merit Award – Jordan Moore (Dundee United)

Sky Sports Goal of the Season – Stephen Mallan (St Mirren)

PFA Scotland Championship Player of the Year – Scott Allan (Hibernian)

PFA Scotland League One Player of the Year – Declan McManus (Greenock Morton)

PFA Scotland League Two Player of the Year – Bobby Linn (Arbroath)

 

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PFA Scotland Announce Teams of the Year

Scotland’s football players have had the ultimate say on who makes up their Teams of the Year 2015.

After much deliberation and counting, the four Teams of the Year from across all four SPFL divisions has been released.

Celtic and Aberdeen provide eight players for the Premiership team with the remaining three players coming from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Dundee and Dundee United.

In a 4 – 3 – 3 line-up, the Celtic Park trio of Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown and Stefan Johansen take the midfield berths.

Runaway title winners Hearts have six players in the Championship side while Edinburgh rival Hibs supply three.

In the League 1 team, evergreen Rab Douglas takes the goalkeeping jersey at the grand old age of 43. Two of his Forfar Athletic team-mates also join him in the side.

Queen’s Park have three players in the League 2 team while title winners Albion Rovers supply two and 39-year-old Marvin Andrews, of Montrose, also gets a jersey.

The Teams of the Year are:

Premiership: Craig Gordon (Celtic), Shay Logan (Aberdeen), Jason Denayer (Celtic), Virgil van Dijk (Celtic), Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT), Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), Scott Brown (Celtic), Stefan Johansen (Celtic), Ciftci (Dundee United), Rooney (Aberdeen), Stewart (Dundee).

Championship: Neil Alexander (Hearts), David Gray (Hibs), Alim Ozturk (Hearts), Danny Wilson (Hearts), Lewis Stevenson (Hibs), Scott Allan (Hibs), Morgaro Gomis (Hearts), Jamie Walker (Hearts), Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South), Rory Loy, (Falkirk), Osman Sow (Hearts).

League 1: Rab Douglas (Forfar Athletic), Mark Russell (Greenock Morton), Stuart Malcolm (Forfar Athletic), Frank McKeown (Stranraer), Paddy Boyle (Airdrieonians), Alan Trouten (Brechin City), Jamie Stevenson (Peterhead), Willie Gibson (Stranraer), Gavin Swankie (Forfar Athletic), Declan McManus (Morton), Bobby Barr (Brechin City).

League 2: Neil Parry (Albion Rovers), Shaun Rooney (Queen’s Park), Michael Dunlop (Albion Rovers), Marvin Andrews (Montrose), Ross Dunlop (Albion Rovers), Bobby Linn (Arbroath), Darren Miller (Queen’s Park), Paul Woods (Queen’s Park), Shane Sutherland (Elgin City), Peter Weatherson (Annan Athletic), Simon Murray (Arbroath).

 

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Gordon Strachan Announces PFAS Manager of Year Nominees

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Gordon Strachan has announced the four nominees for the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year Awards.

All 42 managers across the SPFL’s four divisions cast their vote for what is the ultimate accolade for any manager.

The four nominees are: Ronny Deila (Celtic), John Hughes (Inverness CT), Derek McInnes (Aberdeen), Robbie Neilson (Heart of Midlothian).

PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart commented: “We are delighted that Gordon took time out to help us in our search for PFA Scotland Manager of The Year, 2015.

“It has been an interesting season so far with Celtic shining in the SPFL and Aberdeen pushing them all the way.

“The Championship race has been completely dominated by a rampant Hearts while Rangers and Hibs have gone toe to toe for the second spot. The other divisions have also produced some great games.

“The League 1 race is going to the last game with Stranraer, Morton and Forfar all in contention to be crowned champions. A much-improved Albion Rovers side lifted the League 2 title and Livingston played well lifting the Petrofac Cup. It speaks much about the managerial talent we have in this country across all of the divisions.”

The PFA Scotland Manager of the Year 2015 will be announced at the PFA Scotland Awards Dinner this Sunday, 3rd May, hosted in conjunction with sponsor, Cheque Centre.

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PFA Scotland Player of the Year Nominees

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The votes have been cast and we now have our eight nominees for PFA Scotland Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.

Celtic’s Stefan Johansen and Virgil van Dijk, who was also on last year’s shortlist, Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney and Greg Stewart of Dundee are the four nominees in the Player of the Year category.

The four shortlisted for Young Player of the Year are Celtic defender Jason Denayer, Hearts duo Sam Nicholson and Jamie Walker – also up for Championship Player of the Year – and Inverness starlet Ryan Christie.

All eight nominees were at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, for yesterday’s launch.

The winners will be announced and presented with their awards at a star-studded dinner at the Hilton Glasgow on Sunday 3rd May sponsored by Cheque Centre.

PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart said: “We are delighted all the nominees came along to the launch especially the likes of Adam Rooney and Ryan Christie who had long journeys to get there.

“It shows how much this award means to the players as it is voted for by the players. There is no greater honour in football than to be voted the best player in your country by your fellow professionals.”

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PFA Announce Player of the Year Nominees

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PFA Scotland today revealed the Player of the Year 2015 nominees for the Championship, League One and League Two.

Edinburgh rivals Hearts and Hibs dominate the Championship category with three of the title winning Tynecastle side in the running – Morgaro Gomis, Alim Ozturk and Jamie Walker – alongside Easter Road midfielder Scott Allan.

In League One, Peterhead’s Jamie Stevenson, Alan Trouten of Brechin City, Morton’s Declan McManus and Willie Gibson of Stranraer are the leading contenders.

And in League 2, Arbroath duo Bobby Linn and Simon Murray are joined by Shane Sutherland of Elgin City as well as Queen’s Park’s Paul Woods.

All 12 nominees turned up for the launch at Edinburgh’s Marriott Hotel.

The winners will be announced and presented with their awards at a star-studded dinner at the Hilton Glasgow on Sunday 3rd May sponsored by Cheque Centre.

PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart said: “This is the top award for players. There is no greater honour in football than to be voted the best player in your league by your fellow professionals.”

SPFL Championship Nominees: Scott Allan (Hibs), Morgaro Gomis (Hearts), Alim Ozturk (Hearts) and Jamie Walker (Hearts).

SPFL League 1 Nominees: Willie Gibson (Stranraer), Declan McManus (Morton), Jamie Stevenson (Peterhead), and Alan Trouten (Brechin City).

SPFL League 2 Nominees: Bobby Linn (Arbroath), Simon Murray (Arbroath), Shane Sutherland (Elgin) and Paul Woods (Queen’s Park).

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PFA Scotland Player of the Year Launch

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REIGNING PFA Scotland Player of the Year Kris Commons was at Hampden today to launch the voting for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year Award 2015.

The Celtic star joined PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart as the search for the top player’s in the country got underway.

Voting has officially kicked off across all four leagues with the overall winners set to be revealed at a glittering Awards ceremony on Sunday 3rd May at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel.

As the Awards are voted for by the players themselves they are considered the ultimate accolade.

Hear who 2014 winner Kris Commons believes should succeed him as PFA Scotland’s Player of the Year:

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PFA Scotland Launch Search for Player of the Year

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As the football season approaches its run-in, Celtic’s Kris Commons will today (Tuesday 7th April) launch the voting for the Cheque Centre PFA Scotland Player of the Year Awards.

Kris was voted PFA Scotland Player of the Year in 2014 (pictured receiving his award form Gary McAllister) after an outstanding season for Celtic.

Today, he will give his thoughts on who deserves to be nominated for this year’s award.

All players across the four divisions will take part in the voting process, nominating the top players in their respective divisions, choosing the top young talent from across all four leagues and selecting the team of the year in their league.

 

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PFA Scotland Newsletter

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Welcome to the 12th edition of Player, the PFA Scotland Newsletter.

In this edition we look at Education and how players across the various divisions are mixing it up with their playing careers.

There’s also news on our Wellbeing Fund, FIFPro’s 50th birthday celebrations and updates from chief executive Fraser Wishart and player liaison Stuart Lovell.

To read the Newsletter click below:

PFAS Newsletter Issue 12

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PFA Scotland Sign Up To New Mental Health Charter

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PFA Scotland is delighted to announce it has signed up to The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance alongside the Professional Players Federation and with support from the mental health charity Mind, today launched The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation with the backing of the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it. The country’s biggest sports organisations, including The FA, LTA, RFU, ECB and UK Athletics, have already signed-up.

The Charter aims to tackle stigma using the power of sport and recreation, emphasise the benefits to mental health and wellbeing of an active lifestyle and to encourage the wider sector to showcase best practice and to make real progress in tackling issues around mental health.

Physical activity is good for your body but it’s great for your mind too.  Every year, one-in-four people will experience a mental health problem. Yet it is still something much of the population is reluctant to talk about or address, with 90% of people with mental health problems having experienced discrimination.

This is something that has to change.

Fraser Wishart, Chief Executive of PFA Scotland, said: “PFA Scotland is delighted to sign up to the Charter. The mental health of our members has become a major issue for us as the players’ union. Our “Mind Games” video was hugely successful in raising awareness and addressing the stigma often attached to mental health.

“The Union already provides bespoke support and counselling for players working alongside SAMH and within the Mental Health in Football Forum in Scotland. Issues affecting players range from anxiety to lack of emotion and confidence and in worst cases suicidal tendencies.

“By continuing to work with these agencies, our PPF colleagues and player associations in other sports along with the governing bodies we can encourage anyone, not only our members, who has any problems to come forward and talk about them.”

Emma Boggis, Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance wants more people to understand the impact of physical activity on mental wellbeing: “Evidence from our research report Game of Life outlined how exercise can be as effective as anti-depressants for those with mild clinical depression.

“This is one of those areas where sport and physical activity really can change lives but there’s not enough awareness of it as a treatment or as a way of preventing people from falling into poor mental health in the first place.

“Too much of the association between sport and mental health is negative – like when a top athlete suffers problems. We want to re-frame that relationship so that people understand that sport is a positive place for conversations about mental health.”

Brendon Batson OBE, Executive Chairman of the Professional Players Federation, believes that sport can make a real difference to mental health: “By de-stigmatising mental health in sport and by promoting physical activity as a way of treating poor mental health, organisations signing up to the Charter will be making a difference to people across the UK.”

The Charter outlines five actions that we, as a sector, can take to help make mental health a commonly understood matter and to help those in need.

We will:

• Use the power of sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction for their contribution to good mental health.

• Publicly promote and adopt good mental health policies and best practice within our sports and recreational activities.

• Promote positive public health messages using diverse role models and ambassadors to reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems.

• Actively tackle discrimination on the grounds of mental health to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

• Support the establishment of a pan-sport platform to work closely with the mental health sector to develop and share networks, resources and best practice.

• Regularly monitor our performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues.

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Sign Up For FIFPro Online Degree

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If you’re thinking about planning for a future outside of the game and wondering how you can combine football and studying then the FIFPro Online Degree could be the answer.

The FIFPro Online Academy – an education programme launched in 2011 and specifically developed for professional footballers (and other athletes) – is looking for new students for the 2015/16 season.

Next Wednesday, the World Players’ Union will reach a special milestone with the graduations of the first graduates from its Online Academy at a special ceremony in FIFPro House near Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

At the same time, FIFPro and all player unions across Europe are inviting a new crop of plyers to sign up for the 2015-2016 class of the FIFPro Online Academy.

PFA Scotland currently has four Scottish players studying at the Online Academy – Dunfermline’s Andrew Barrowman, currently in his second year, and Scott Boyd (Ross County), Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton) and Marc Waters (Partick Thistle) who are half way through their first year.

Last year Andrew did a 12 week internship at PFA Scotland as part of his studies and would recommend it to fellow pros.

He said: “The FIFPro Online Academy provides me with a unique platform for a very flexible and versatile mode of learning, it allows me to tailor my studies around my busy and ever-changing schedule as a professional footballer.

“The specialised methods used to deliver the education have enabled me to work towards earning a Sports Management degree without any disruption to my football career.

“I have been a student of the FIFPro Online Academy for almost two years now and despite working as an online student I have never felt detached or without support at any point throughout this period, this is due to the ever-present help and guidance provided to all students.

“I am so glad I chose to join the FIFPro Online Academy as not only have I learned a great deal through my studies, but I have also made friendships and connections with people from all over Europe that will hopefully be of benefit to me in my future potential career path.

“I would highly recommend the FIFPro Online Academy to any professional sports person who is looking to prepare for their future after their current career comes to an end.”

Education ranks highly on FIFPro’s priority list. An average career as a professional footballer is a short one compared to a ‘regular’ workers career.

The average length is approximately 8 years, which implies that for many pros a career will only last a couple of years. Most professional footballers will retire at the age of 35 or earlier and almost all of them will need a new career, because only a handful of footballers end their careers as multimillionaires.

A proper education is crucial to begin a new career and earn a living.

“That’s why we launched the FIFPro Online Academy”, says Frederique Winia, FIFPro Online Academy Manager. “As a players’ union, we also have the obligation to help our members – our professional footballers – prepare for life after their active playing career”.

Many professional footballers would like to combine their active football career with education. FIFPro has developed an educational programme with Danish University UCN, which is particularly appropriate for footballers to be able to follow alongside their football career: the FIFPro Online Academy. This offers a Sport Management programme which takes approximately 7 semesters (3-1/2 years) before the students receive their BA degree in Sports Management.

The FIFPro Online Academy is a virtual class with a real teacher. Lessons are recorded and can be watched online at any time. This gives the students all the freedom to study when it suits them best.

There are currently, more than 100 students from all over Europe following the programme.

Anyone interested in joining Andrew, Scott, Ziggy and Marc at the FIFPro Online Academy should contact Michelle Evans at michelle@pfascotland.co.uk or call 07796 171490. Students can subscribe until July 1st.

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Scotland Decides on 2014 World XI

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This is Scotland’s 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI as voted by the SPFL’s players.

Just under 23,500 professional players from each of FIFPro’s 58 member unions – including PFA Scotland – had their say in one of the most thrilling votes in the ten year World XI history, with some players involved in a gripping neck-and-neck race, especially for the final spot on the defenders’ line and the forwards’ line.

The overall World XI was as follows:

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich); Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (PSG), David Luiz (PSG) Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich); Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Angel Di Maria (Man Utd); Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Scotland’s World XI was a little bit different with FOUR notable changes – even a little controversial up front – in your line up (changes are shown in capitals below):

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich); VINCENT COMPANY (Man City), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (PSG), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich); XABI ALONSO (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), LUKA MODRIC (Real Madrid); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), LUIS SUAREZ (Barcelona).

Voting across our clubs caused quite a stir and the final World XI is certain to do the same so – let the debate begin!

To check out every countries 2014 World XI click here: http://www.fifpro.org/en/news/the-2014-world-xi-of-each-country

 

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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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Player Showcase and Exit Trial Picture Gallery

In addition to the daily pictures from around the Player Showcase last week – which were included in the daily updates – we thought we’d show you a few of the professional shots from our lovely friends at SNS that were taken on Saturday and at last Wednesday’s Media Day.

Here’s a few of them….

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Player Showcase Exit Trial

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Saturday was a massive day for all the boys who had taken part in our Player Showcase as it was time for the Exit Trial.

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Kitted put in their fantastic Joma strips from Football Nation, Andrew Barrowman’s Reds lined up against Ritchie Brittain’s Blues at Broadwood in front of an impressive array of managers, coaches and scouts from across the 42 SPFL clubs and also a few from south of the border.

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Luke Shanley from Sky Sports News was there doing interviews with the players and coaches LIVE on Sky Sports News and Chick Young even represented BBC Radio Scotland.

Members of the written press including the Daily Record, Herald and Sun were also in attendance.

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A big thank you to Graeme Murphy and his refereeing team for officiating the match.

The result wasn’t important, but The Reds won 3-1 with a double from Leighton McIntosh and one from Stephen O’Neill while Liam Rowan scored for The Blues.

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The Player Biogs were very popular and we’ve got everything crossed that a few of the boys get signed up now and are back playing when the season kicks off later next month.

We’ll keep you posted!

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Day 5: Player Showcase

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Our Head Coaches Andrew Barrowman and Ritchie Brittain took centre stage on the final day of training at the Player Showcase.

They were joined again by Partick Thistle Goalkeeping Coach Paul Gallacher.

With just 24 hours until kick off in the all-important Exit Trial it was about getting the players ready and the two coaches picking their teams (no fighting boys!!!).

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They put the players through a gentle session and then we revealed the fantastic strips donated by Football Nation.

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In the afternoon, the players heard from Alan Thomson – a Fitness Trainer – who also works at the Kibble School in Paisley about voluntary work at the establishment.

Then it was off home to put their feet up ready for Saturday afternoon.

Andrew and Ritchie stayed behind to clear up!!

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Player Showcase: Day 4

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The excitement is building at the PFA Scotland/DPS Group Player Showcase with just two days to go until the big game!

Our guest coaches today were Todd Lumsden, who heads up the Sport curriculum at New College Lanarkshire’s Broadwood Campus.

With the Showcase on their home turf, the duo put on a fantastic session – which started in the classroom with a small presentation to the players on what lay ahead.

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They were joined by Goalkeeping Coach Paul Gallacher – from Partick Thistle – who worked with our keepers ahead of Saturday’s Exit Trial.

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After a bit of lunch and a cool down, it was time for a wee bit of Strength and Conditioning with Jim Paterson – who went a little bit easier on the boys than he did on Tuesday (but not much!).

John Green and Fiona Hunter from our sponsors DPS Group rounded off the day with an Interview Technique Workshop for the players – where they watched a clip from the infamous movie ‘Trainspotting’.

There was even a bit of role play with the boys acting out various interview situations with John – who happens to be DPS Group Managing Director.

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It all starts again tomorrow for the final day of our Player Showcase – when we reveal the strips Football Nation have given us for Saturday’s big game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Player Showcase: Day 3

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It was media day at the DPS Group Player Showcase today.

The press pack descended on Broadwood at the end of a hard morning session on the main pitch with guest coach Neil McCann.

The former Scotland, Hearts and Rangers winger put on a great session for the boys alongside our resident coaches Andrew Barrowman and Richard Brittain – who was up very early to do a spot on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland Show about what we’re trying to achieve with the Showacse Week and Exit Trial.

After lunch, the players had a talk from Sergeant Kurt Anderson from Police Scotland’s Recruitment Department about the possibilities of a future career on the beat.

After that, Todd Lumsden, who as Curriculum and Quality Leader heads up New College Lanarkshire’s Broadwood Campus, gave the boys a presentation on the courses they can offer and the wider benefits of continuing with further education.

Todd and NCL have kindly given us their superb facility at Broadwood as a base for the week.

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Player Showcase: Day 2

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Craig Easton and Mark Wilson were the guest coaches on day two of our DPS Group Player Showcase at Broadwood.

The former Dundee United teammates put on great individual sessions for the group of 30 players in the glorious Cumbernauld sunshine.

In the afternoon, the boys remained in their two groups and headed for the New College Lanarkshire Gym and Classrooms.

Former player Jim Paterson, who runs his own PT Business, put the players through their paces in a tough Strength and Conditioning session  – ice baths all round after that one!

And in the classroom, John Green and Fiona Hunter from our sponsors DPS Group gave the players a CV Writing masterclass to help them find future employment outside of the game.

Another great day for the players as they prepare for the future and this Saturday’s Exit Trial game at Broadwood.

 

 

 

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Player Showcase: Day 1

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Our PFA Scotland/DPS Group Player Showcase kicked off this morning at Broadwood.

The players – from Premiership all the way down to League Two – were put through their paces by guest coach John Rankin, our PFA Chairman, along with our Showcase coaches Andrew Barrowman and Richard Brittain.

We will have more guest coaches in to work with the players as the week goes on.

In the afternoon, our sponsor DPS Group gave the players a little introduction to planning for life after football – or running employment alongside their current careers.

A huge thank you has to go to our sponsors DPS Group as well as our partners including New College Lanarkshire (through Todd Lumsden) who have given us their Broadwood base to use for the week, Sport Insure who have helped us with insurance cover for the players and Football Nation, who are supplying the strips for Saturday’s Exit Trial.

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Sign Up for PFA Scotland/DPS Group Player Showcase

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Mark Wilson was at Broadwood today to help launch the PFA Scotland and DPS Group Player Showcase.

The week long training camp at Broadwood Stadium will run from Monday 22nd June to Friday 26th  June between 10am-3pm each day, with an exit game on Saturday 27th June (ko tbc).

It is free to our members and open to players of all ages – although we will particularly target the younger players who have been freed in a bid to get them signed up with new clubs.

As with every season, we have our Player Availability section on the website where members can put their details on the website and managers, coaches and scouts can go there and have a look and, should they be interested in a player, they contact us and we will pass on their details.

We have a constant flow of players and managers calling, but with hundreds of players having been freed, we decided to have this training week – with the DPS Group’s support – to give our members a further chance to find a club.

PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart said: “Since before the end of the season, we have been inundated with members who are out of contract looking to be placed on our Player Availability List, but along with assisting them in finding a new club we are very conscious of also helping them develop a longer term Exit Strategy as we all know football is a short term career.

“With that in mind we are grateful to DPS Group for their support with this in delivering the educational element of the Player Showcase Week. On the park, we are adopting a members-helping-members philosophy whereby we will have current and former members, who are taking the step into football management, delivering the coaching sessions. We are hopeful our members will benefit, both on and off the park, from being involved.”

The structure will be very much like that of training at a full time club with morning coaching sessions led by Andrew Barrowman and Ritchie Brittain and there will be guest coaches every day including the likes of Neil McCann, Lee McCulloch, Stephen McManus, Mark Wilson – all of who are studying for their UEFA A Licences.

There will also be Strength and Conditioning Sessions and other off-the-field fitness work.

At the end of the week there will be an Exit Game on the Broadwood pitch which we will invite managers, coaches and scouts from across the country along to.

There will also be an educational element to the camp looking at overall career strategies and preparing for life after football. Our main sponsor DPS Group will oversee this part of the programme which will include CV Writing and Interview technique workshops.

DPS Group director John Green said: “At DPS Group we are delighted to be working with PFA Scotland in delivering a course that will be vital to footballers of all ages. As well as getting the best training and preparation as they look for new employment we are delighted to be able to provide our expertise in supporting the players. It really is a perfect match.”

Police Scotland will also be coming to speak to the players, New College Lanarkshire will discuss the possibility of joining their sports education programme (which is based at Broadwood and a number of full and part time players are currently on it) and we will have former players who will come in do talks about how they made a career for themselves after football.

We are very grateful to our main sponsors DPS Group (who will deliver the educational element of the week),but also to our other partners for this initiative including Sport Insure, New College Lanarkshire who are based at Broadwood and are giving us their base for the week, North Lanarkshire Council for giving us pitch access at Broadwood and Football Nation who are supplying training kit and strips.

Anyone interested in signing up for the camp should contact michelle@pfascotland.co.uk ASAP.

 

 

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