Shailesh Vara MP (Conservatives, North West Cambridgeshire) has given his full support to the launch of the Players Trust for Footballers in the House of Commons.
The Trust has created an independent, free service to provide support, advice and education advice to aspiring young talented footballers and their families. The free service will also be available to established players and has been created by a team with an extensive background and experience in sport and professional football.
The Trust’s three core principles are the development of a winning mindset, the creation of independent decision-makers and the empowerment and protection of players.
The vision of the Trust’s panel is to provide parents and players with the best possible information on which to decide the future direction of their careers – within the game or through another career path.
Mr Vara has been involved in the work of the Trust from an early stage when he arranged a meeting between representatives of the Trust and the Secretary of State for Culture, the Rt. Hon. Karen Bradley MP.
Following the event Mr Vara said, “I was delighted to be a part of the launch for such a vital service for aspiring and professional footballers. The Trust will provide free and impartial advice and will cover basic information up to personal mentoring.”
He added that the next step for the Trust was “to attract funding so that it has the necessary resources for its programme and I will be doing all I can to help it in its endeavours.”
The launch at the House of Commons was, unquestionably, an overwhelming success. The good, the high and the mighty gathered in their numbers to hear speakers of authority and quality outline precisely what they believed the Players Trust has to offer the next generation of footballing heroes. The organisers hope that football – as an industry, as a business – stands up and takes note. To hopefully dip their hands into what are deep and well-filled pockets.
Players Trust for Footballers website: http://wearetheplayerstrust.org