Education: Advice-Guidance

It is vitally important that players ensure that they are acutely aware of the need for career planning.


The vast majority of professional footballers have to work after the conclusion of their playing career, and therefore developing new skills and qualifications while still playing should allow for a smoother transition period.

PFA Scotland provides advice, guidance and funding for players in preparation for a second career.  Therefore players should be pro active in their approach to education and training and make full use of the assistance available.

Craig Flannigan is PFA Scotland’s Education Co-ordinator “Career planning involves getting an idea of what players would like to do when they retire and then putting the appropriate structure in place.  I work with players on a one to one basis to help them identify their second career.  I do this by helping them recognise their own strengths and interests while matching these to possible career aspirations outside football.”

“Flexibility is a key factor for player education and training opportunities, and we have now established key contacts in the university and college sector across the country who understand the needs of our members.  They provide open, flexible and part time learning opportunities to fit in and around training and playing commitments.  In addition to formal modes of learning we have now developed a number of bespoke courses exclusively available to PFA Scotland members at discounted rates.  These courses are delivered by PFA Scotland preferred learning providers who are experts in their fields.”

Any player wishing to discuss career planning please contact either:

Stuart Lovell 07989 330365

Michelle Evans 07796 171490