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Professional Player to Coach Scheme

1 Sep 2021
Courtney Pitt

Programme aims to boost number of Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage players transitioning into professional coaching

The Professional Player to Coach Scheme (PPCS) is aimed at increasing the numbers of Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage players, both male and female, who transition into full-time coaching roles in the professional game.

PPCS is a joint programme from the Premier League, the Professional Footballers Association Charity (PFAC) and the EFL. It is open to all Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) members at any age or stage in their careers.

It provides up to six coaches per season with a 23-month intensive work placement at EFL clubs and is jointly funded by the Premier League and the PFA, with bursaries provided to each participant via the placement club.

Each coach will participate in in the Premier League's Coach Development Institute Programme (CDIP), an individualised learning and development programme.

They will work across a variety of football functions within the club to broaden their learning experience. This could include the coaching of different age groups, physical performance and conditioning, recruitment, analysis and administration.

They will also have the opportunity to receive mentoring from a wide range of people from different sports and industries as part of their development. 

The aim is that after taking part in the scheme, all coaches will achieve sustainable coaching positions where they can be successful and visible role models.

Player to Coach Scheme participant stories

Jon-Paul Pittman
Courtney Pitt
Eric Odhiambo
Harrison Gilkes
Taff Rahman
Darren Byfield

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