Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) has secured funding from Sports Australia to facilitate governance foundation training for its female members.

The grant was announced on International Women’s Day, celebrating the PFA’s ongoing commitment to ensuring and supporting 2019’s IWD campaign #BalanceForBettera call to action for driving gender balance across the world.

The grant will allow the PFA to provide its members with the opportunity to complete the ‘Governance Foundations for Non-for-Profit Directors & Company Directors’ course, delivered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The objectives of the course will help equip participants for future board directorships and leadership positions within sport, allow the participants to learn the foundational skills of being a board member, with focuses in the responsibilities and potential liability of a director or committee member.

PFA members from the W-League clubs and the Matildas are encouraged to contact the PFA to apply.

The course will also cover strategies and risks faced in these roles and allow participants to learn to interpret financial statements and assess financial performance.

There will be a focus on the participants becoming more effective advocates for women in football and will support football’s policy on 40/40/20 diversity on boards.

Up to nine PFA members will be selected to complete the ACID course.

The PFA will also provide ongoing support and advice to the participants to ensure continued personal and professional development. 

It will also help participants to identify and provide opportunities to put into practice the skills and knowledge participants have acquired through the course, including during Executive Committee meetings, Annual General Meetings, and meetings of FFA steering committees and special interest groups.

Please note applications close on COB Wednesday 27 March 2019.