• Education grants for 2023 now open for all PFA Members
  • Grants assist players in furthering their education, skill development and knowledge building
  • PFA expects record year of engagement with Player Development Program, with 250% growth in the number of confidential counselling sessions accessed by members from 2021 to 2023

Education grants for PFA Members have opened for 2023 with players able to access subsidies for study, personal and professional development.

Any PFA member in the A-Leagues, playing overseas or for the Socceroos and Matildas can apply for education grants by outlining how their study and professional development relates to their broader career plan.

The PFA’s Head of Player Development Rita Mankowska encouraged members to access the grants, which are one of the many valuable resources available to professional footballers through the PFA’s Player Development Program.

“Education Grants are designed to help players further their education and develop new skills and knowledge and is an example of the many initiatives the PFA offers to support its members,” Mankowska said.

“We recognise the importance of preparing for life after football, balancing study and development with football performance. These education grants are aimed at helping players make a successful transition into the next chapter of their lives, balancing their careers or developing knowledge and skills.”

The number of Australian professional players accessing the PFA’s player development and support programs continues to increase year on year, with 2023 expected to one of the organisation’s busiest.

“We are committed to ensuring that all PFA members can achieve excellence in all aspects of their lives and have the necessary support to assist in times of need,” Mankowska said.

“This might be through additional funding via our education grants, a referral to one of our Mental Health Referral network partners, or a work placement for a late career or transitioning athlete.”

“2022 was a year for record breaking in the PFA Player Development Program in all areas, but particularly in wellbeing.

“Given this, the vision of the program in 2023 is to not only continue to develop, support and empower players, but to also enhance the program and make sure that it is evolving with the growing needs of our members.

The PFA experienced a 250% growth in the number of confidential counselling sessions accessed by members from 2021 to 2023, with close to 700 sessions accessed in 2022 alone – all paid for by the PFA.

The PFA’s Player Development Program Report outlines the program’s achievements from 2022 and can be found here.

Education Grants Overview

Education Grants are available to all professional players in Australia, PFA Members playing overseas or members of the Socceroos and Matildas. The grants can be used to cover the cost of university studies, one off courses and exams and materials.

Each player can be reimbursed for up to $1000 per year for each Education Grant application. 

Applications for 2023 are open until April 1. Please contact your Player Development Manager for more information