What we do
PFA Scotland is an independent trade union for professional footballers and was formed in July 2007 at the request of the players. We are committed to protecting players’ rights insuring they are equipped for future challenges and dedicated to doing the very best we can for members both now and in the future.
PFA Scotland now offers its members a wide range of services and advice meaning that players are receiving an excellent level of representation covering all aspects of the game.
To ensure this, PFA Scotland provides bespoke employment law advice to our members who may become involved in contractual disputes, and indeed some have been involved in recent high profile cases. The knowledge of football regulations from within our team combined with our lawyer Margaret Gribbon’s expertise in Employment Law mean that players are better protected than ever before.
We have also recently launched a Player Management Agency which enables PFA Scotland to actively represent players in contract negotiations, and offer a bespoke service which will offer enormous benefits to players as they progress in their careers.
PFA Scotland realises that we have to be more than simply a trade union as football contracts have become increasingly more complicated and shorter leading to less security for the majority of players. Therefore education and training – both inside and outside of football – are of huge importance to us and something we feel should be a part of every player’s future planning.
Consequently, we now offer comprehensive, expert advice and help to all players considering their post playing career, with PFA Scotland making education and training one of its main priorities. Alongside the expertise, we are able to offer financial assistance to those players looking to undertake courses.
We also believe that players require the best advice in certain areas and our associated Business Partners always act in the players’ interests and their services are listed in the Commercial section of our website.
Furthermore, PFA Scotland is continually looking to inform and educate players on matters which look after their welfare both on a professional and personal level. In this respect, we have been piloting a gambling awareness project which targets the issue of sporting integrity within football and offers assistance to those with any personal gambling issues.
Whatever we do as an organisation has to be for the good of the game. We recognise the strengths players bring to our National game, and we will continue to work with the governing bodies to improve the product on offer in Scotland.
The role of the PFA Coaching Department is to prepare its members for a secondary career within the professional game, possibly within coaching or management.