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Drogheda United and PFA Ireland announce collaborative Personal Development Programme

Drogheda United and the PFA Ireland are delighted to announce a new collaborative Personal Development Programme for all senior players at the club, professional and amateur.

The aim is for personal development plans to be developed for each player focusing on Education, Football Development and Career Management. Additionally, opportunities for mentorship from the footballing and business communities will be provided.

Conor Hoey, Chairman of Drogheda United, commented: “At Drogheda United, we believe that player welfare is paramount both on and off the pitch.  If we can assist our players in their development needs, we believe it will lead to happier players which is reflected in improved performance on the pitch and ongoing loyalty to the club. ” 

“A footballing career is short, and it is critical to put plans in place early in order to prepare for life after football, or indeed, to find the optimal work/sport/life balance whilst playing.”

“The PFA Ireland has undertaken exceptional work in this area in recent years and we are delighted to work with them on this initiative.”

Dr Emma Burrows, Player Development Manager at the PFA Ireland, commented 

”It’s really encouraging to see Drogheda United take player development so seriously. Providing options to players to have a dual-career is vital to their long-term wellbeing and research shows us it also has a positive impact on their playing career too. We’re delighted to be working with them on this initiative and hope it serves as a model for other clubs to offer this opportunity to their players.”

The collaboration begins next week with an information webinar for all senior players detailing the benefits of a dual-career. It will continue with tailored group sessions on Career Management, Education and Skills Development, Personal Finance & Taxation etc and offer them the opportunity for 1-1 coaching on their personal development.

For further information please contact

Dr. Emma Burrows 

PFA Ireland