The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) is the main sponsor of on The board, together with The Football Association (FA). By working with the governance forum, they are providing a unique opportunity for current and ex-players to broaden their experience, which is crucial to equipping them with skills to further their career after playing.
This programme will also help boards to benefit from the ambassadorial experience that players have that is lacking on boards of all persuasions.
The programme, an initiative originally developed by a steering group comprising of ex-players and those passionate about the game included Dave Barnett, Michael Johnson, Leon Mann and Jason Roberts. Having completed the pilot programme, we have seen how the objectives identified by the steering group can be equally valuable in other sports. In particular, the benefits of seeing current and ex-professional players cultivate an understanding of the business elements of the game, whilst setting them up for careers in the sport long after their active playing careers have ended are aspects that transcend sport. As such, the governance forum will now be working with The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) and others to bring on The board across sport.