Former Perth Glory footballer Mark Lee recently utilised funding from the PFA to assist him with the development of his post football career through his coaching business – Mark Lee Football Coaching.
A former professional in both Australia and the UK, Mark’s coaching school teaches a holistic approach to the development of football skills to children aged from 10 – 16.

“Having been a professional footballer, I know the importance of kids developing great football techniques early in their lives,” said Lee. “If our kids can get their basic skills right it provides them with a fantastic platform to progress to the elite level of the game.”

“It takes more than skill development to make a career out of the game though and our football program teaches kids about the discipline required to improve as a player and a person. I am determined to ensure that our kids leave our academy with a strong understanding of the difference they can make to others through football. It is often this aspect of the game that is most satisfying for players, “ he said.

“We constantly spend time on our players’ attitude and the mind set required to be an elite player. We cultivate respect for their team mates, opponents and the game and we work with their parents to ensure that this is reinforced away from the academy.“

Mark also spoke of his own efforts to ensure that he was prepared for the time when his playing days ended.

“It’s difficult when you realise that your playing days are ending. No footballer wants to stop playing,” said Lee.  “I knew that I needed to develop new skills that would keep me in employment. The PFA’s support and advice through this period has really helped me. I would encourage all PFA members to utlise the experience the PFA has in this area and start to prepare for life away from the field as soon as they can.”