PFA Fitness Courses, Training & Funding Explained

PFA Fitness Courses, Training & Funding Explained

The Players Football Association or the PFA as its referred has a scheme for all former and current professional to re-train into new career paths as explained here by Pat Lally, the Director of PFA & Education:

“The main aim of the Education Department is to encourage as many current and former players as possible to undertake suitable academic/vocational qualifications to develop their career prospects”

You will find out in this article:

  1. How to get PFA Funding
  2. What PFA training you can get approved for
  3. Where to find an approved training provider
  4. Levels of PFA Funding for employed and unemployed
  5. How to apply for funding
  6. Key FAQs 

Before getting stuck in go check out OriGym's PFA Approved Personal Trainer Courses here or download our free course prospectus here:

How to get PFA Funding and am I eligible?

Not just anyone will get access to PFA training and funding for fitness courses. You will need to establish your eligibility and register yourself as a member. If you have already completed this process jump these bullet points to the next step for what you can get PFA funding for. 

  1. You will firstly need to speak with the PFA to ascertain your PFA number. This number is issued to all current and past professional footballers, but if you’re ensure if you have one, reach out to the PFA education team to claim it here -
  2. Once you have your number you can then start the registration process to becoming a PFA member. The registration form takes literally 1 minute to complete and then you’re all set! Follow this direct link to the PFA Registration form. -

What PFA Training Can I get Funding for?

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The PFA fund all types of career paths that you can pursue whether you’re looking for a backup plan to your football career, sustained a serious career ending injury or you have just retried from the beautiful game. 

You can get PFA Course Funding for:

  1. PFA Personal Trainer Courses
  2. Becoming a Financial Advisor
  3. Teaching
  4. Counselling
  5. Physiotherapy
  6. Locksmith
  7. Career in Accountancy

The course you elect must be a regulated qualification that is approved form of either academic or vocational delivery. For example, our all our PFA fitness courses are regulated by Ofqual (the government) and accredited via awarding organisations such as NCFE and Focus Awards. This would therefore meet the guidelines set by the players Football Association. 

Where to find a PFA Training Provider?

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Here at OriGym we are an official supplier to the PFA, providing a range of PFA Personal fitness courses that can be studied around your football or family life.

Here is our checklist of information you will need to establish when reviewing the right PFA course and training:

  1. Are they an approved supplier of the PFA?
  2. Where is the course located?
  3. Does the study method suit your learning style?
  4. Will it fit around your other life commitments?
  5. How long does the course last?
  6. What qualifications and accreditation will you come out with?
  7. What levels of support will you get, both during and after the course?
  8. What are their online review like?

Read on, to see how PFA funding works for if you’re still playing or have retired from Football…..


Become a Personal Trainer

Enmquire to see if you are eligible for PFA funding for your personal training course

How much of my PFA Personal Trainer Course will I get Funded?

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The amount you will receive to fund your PFA Fitness course depends on your employment status. 

The PFA will offer extra forms of financial support if you’re unemployed as opposed to employed, but you will normally get an entitlement either way of up to £1,500 per annum. 

You will also only be able to get a total value of £5,000 worth of PFA funding for training in total and you will only be able to complete one type of training or course at a time.

It is advisable to check with the PFA prior to sourcing training to determine your funding limit and also ensure you have not already exhausted your funding from other forms of training. The PFAs financial year starts in from July 1st and expires June 30th.

PFA Fitness Course Funding if you’re Playing Football Professionally or Employed:

  • You will be entitled to having half of your PFA personal training course paid for you from the PFA.
  • The PFA will contribute up to half of the course value as long as the course does not exceed £1,500 per annum. If the PFA Personal trainer course you wish to study exceeds this amount, such as our master diploma here, you will need to fund the difference yourself.
  • The PFA fitness course must initially be paid by yourself. Once you have completed the qualification and a certificate of achievement has been acquired, you can get a rebate on the agreed amount (up to half) paid towards your course if within the £1,500 allowance. This traditionally arrives by cheque or bank transfer once confirmation has been ascertained by the training provider.

 PFA Funding for ex-players who are unemployed or retired

  • If you’re unemployed, you will be entitled to have the entire PFA personal training course funded through the PFA if under the £1,500 annual allowance. Please note, you must document your unemployment by registering or signing on with the job centre to be applicable.
  • The amount will be paid from the PFA directly to the training provider on your behalf.
  • If the PFA fitness course is above the £1,500 allowance you will have to fund the difference yourself upfront to the training provider.
  • This method can take a few weeks for funding to be provided from the PFA to the training provider before commencement onto the personal training course can commence.


How to Apply for PFA Course Funding?

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Once you have established the PFA course that suits your needs, you can start applying for the grant.

In order to obtain a grant for your PFA fitness course you will need to follow the following steps:

  1. You will start filling in the PFA grant application form here
  2. They will then require you to send receipt of payment for your PFA Personal trainer course to them directly as proof if you’re employed. If you’re unemployed you will send them a copy of your signing on confirmation from the job centre. Receipts need to be official receipts from the training organisation. Invoices or handwritten receipts will be rejected.
  3. If you have established a payment plan with a provider for your PFA course, you will need to show receipt for all payments of the course in order for them to process your funding to you.
  4. Send a copy of your your certificate confirming completion of the PFA Personal training course.

Take a look below at some crucial information you will need to know about PFA funded courses…

PFA Training FAQs to be aware of:

  • Funding Limit - PFA education funding is capped at £5,000 per member, so ensure you spend it wisely.
  • Sending Documents - When sending off your documents for your PFA Fitness course, ensure you send them in a format they accept. They don’t accept faxed, scanned or electronic copies, it must be paperback versions.
  • No longer playing in the football league - If you used to play in the football league, but now you play semi-professional or amateur you’re still entitled to get your PFA course funded.
  • Added Expenses – If you incur added expenses with your PFA personal training course you’re unable to claim this money back. This can pertain to things such as travel, accommodation, charges applied by the provider through their terms of service, uniform, kit, postage and more.
  • Retrospective Claims – If you were unaware of the PFA grant scheme and have undergone training in the past, The PFA are unable to fund your course retrospectively even if you have all the above documentation mentioned in this article. This is also why it’s imperative before you undergo any PFA training to have completed all the steps in the application process.

 If you’re looking to become a personal trainer and start a career in the fitness sector you’re in safe hands!

Without name dropping, OriGym has helped qualify hundreds of Premier League, EFL and former professional players into this industry. Enquiry below to find out more on our approved PFA personal trainer courses or click here to find out more on our Level 3 Personal Training qualifications

Written by Luke Hughes

CEO and Co-Founder

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Luke is the CEO and Co-Founder of OriGym. Holding a first-class degree in Sport and Exercise and an MSc in Sport and Nutrition, he is also qualified as a Level 4 Personal Trainer with various specialist credentials covering the entire spectrum of health, fitness and business. Luke has contributed to a variety of major industry publications, including Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Metro, Cosmopolitan, The Mirror, The Sun, The Standard and more.

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