On Friday 27 March, the Australian Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) was delighted to sign a memorandum of understanding with the National Union of Workers (NUW) to work co-operatively for the benefit of both organisations’ members.

The agreement provides a great synergy for members of both parties as the workplaces covered by the NUW share football’s diversity and the PFA’s passion for the game.

The MOU commits the PFA and NUW to work together to enhance the lives of the Australian community. It will see the PFA use its significant experience with Australian footballers to connect with thousands of NUW members and their families in areas that include Men’s Health and the development of team based values in Australian secondary schools.

PFA Chief Executive Brendan Schwab said, “We are pleased to be partnering with the NUW in our community programs. The PFA is committed to making a significant contribution in this area and by aligning with the NUW we can help not only members of the NUW but the children of these members through our schools programs”.

NUW Victorian State Secretary, Antony Thow said the partnership was of great benefit to both parties.

“We are delighted to be able to bring a great deal of knowledge, resources and expertise to the PFA at a time when the game is booming nationally and internationally,” Mr Thow said.

“With the Socceroos competing in World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers, the A-League expanding and with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa just around the corner, the assistance of the NUW will no doubt be very valuable to the PFA in both the short and long term development of the organisation. In exchange the PFA will work with our members to raise awareness of healthy and active lifestyles, using high profile players to promote these messages.”