The Tom Maynard Trust has expanded the number of organizations it is working with in helping to deliver educational projects with the addition of an exciting new partnership with the Professional Footballers’ Association in England (PFA).
The Trust has agreed to support the PFA’s ‘Making The Transition’ programme, which is a two-day annual event designed to help professional footballers identify their strengths and highlight which career path may suit them best, as well as covering interview techniques, job searching, compiling CVs and writing application letters.
Following the event, which this year is being staged at The Belfry Golf and Country Club in the Midlands on 22nd and 23rd June, the players are supported for a 90-day period and are set various goals and action plans as part of a programme to help boost their job prospects when their football career comes to an end.
The Trust has agreed to provide support for a period of three years.
Paul Raven, PFA Education:
“The only certainty on becoming a professional sportsperson is that sometime in the future you will be an ex sportsperson. For most of us we do not get to choose our retirement date, therefore we encourage all our members to make provisions for their own transition as soon as they can. ‘Making the Transition – 2014’ can be part of that process and we are delighted to be associated with and supported by the Tom Maynard Trust and the memory of Tom. We look at learning, training and education options but taking a ‘holistic’ approach we also promote awareness of psychological and emotional issues as well as possible financial challenges that may lie ahead whilst also reminding them that all sportspeople develop skills that are completely employable.”
Mike Fatkin, on behalf of the Tom Maynard Trust, said:
“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to add the PFA to the list of partners we are working with. Careers in professional sport can be cut short at any time and the PFA are keen for its ‘Making The Transition’ course to be available to as many footballers as possible. It’s good to know that our support will help them do this. We’ve committed to supporting them up to 2016 and we’ll sit down with the team at the PFA at the end of the first year and review how things went. The area of educational support is one where we are making a real impact now, across four professional sports, and we’re delighted to add such an important organization to the list of people we are able to assist.”
Further information on the courses can be obtained by contacting Paul Raven at the PFA offices (0161 236 0575) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.