Course Options

Player Winter Courses

The PCA has been running winter ‘taster' courses for players as part of the Personal Development Programme for over 10 years. The winter courses give players a chance to develop new transferable skills or enhance existing ones. It also gives them the chance to ‘try out' potential careers before deciding which route to follow for when they finish playing.

The PCA commitment to keep developing the Personal Development Programme continues.  A variety of different courses are on offer, spanning a wide variety of skills and subjects.

Leadership  - Tips and exercises to enhance your confidence in leading others. Develop your skills in effective leadership.

Effective Networking - Learn how to make the best of a networking situation and to present yourself in a confident manner.

Media/interview training - Develop your skills for when you're being interviewed for television and radio. How to answer those difficult questions, tips on how to sound interesting and articulate.

Managing & understanding your finances  - Interactive workshop to develop your knowledge of basic investment/pension and tax information

Contract Negotiations - Develop your negotiation skills for when you are specifically dealing with contracts and agents. What to ask, what to look for, how to approach an issue

General negotiation skills -Tips and advice on how to approach everyday conversations and situations where you may need to negotiate

Presentation & communication skills - Improve your general presentation and communication skills so you feel confident in any situation, whether it be a formal presentation, a team talk, meeting sponsors and clients

Public/After dinner speaking  - Exercises to help you develop your formal speaking skills. Improve your body language, pace and tone of voice and general delivery of a speech

Interview/assessment day skills  - Learn tips on how to maximise your potential when at an interview or assessment. What to do and not to do

Social Responsibility & Self Awareness - A workshop exploring the issues of social responsibility and self awareness for cricketers, as role models in the public eye.

Self Management  - How to maximise your potential and manage yourself in order to achieve all that you set out to do.

Sales & Marketing skills - General skills in sales and management useful in all walks of life but especially for those with their own businesses

Trade skills  - Taster days learning basics skills in a trade; plumbing, plastering, tiling, electricity. Useful to gain valuable skills for those who want to do DIY around the house, property development or those thinking of a future career in the trades.

Doing the Obvious - A simple guide to Sport Psychology  - What exactly is "Sport Psychology? How is it applied in everyday sporting environments? How is it best delivered by coaches and sport psychologists? Why is it effective? Following your instincts and "doing the obvious"

For more information contact your Personal Development Manager.


FIFPro Online Academy


Many professional sportspeople would like to combine their active football career with education. But where can you find an educational programme which will fit in with your active career? Because your sporting career should not have to suffer due to the hours you have to put into your educational programme! Training camps, matches abroad and injuries are just three examples of how important it is for you to be flexible. Traditional full time educational programmes simply cannot be combined with your sporting career.

FIFPro has developed an educational programme with the Danish University UCN which can be combined with your sports career.

For more information, please click here.

LRI Education – business qualifications gained online – learn at your own pace


The PCA, as part of the Personal Development Programme, is offering its members the opportunity to gain a Business Qualification – taken online, and at the comfort of your own computer and at your own pace - wih interactive eLearning and complete tutor support.

Click here to download the full details





Click here to find out more about some financial courses on offer.


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Cranfield University

NEW Bursary for Sportsmen and Women


For professional sportsmen and women, Cranfield School of Management is offering a Bursary to support those who wish to equip themselves for a career in the commercial world. No matter the sector, it is essential to understand business principles and to have a toolkit of skills to draw upon. For anyone wishing to study for a Masters programme (whether full-time because of a career ending injury or one that is coming to an end after a successful sporting career), we have an option.

Our full-time programmes are suitable for those who are no longer playing sports. The following are studied over 12 months at Cranfield:

  • MSc Finance & Management

  • MSc Logistics & Supply Chain Management

  • MSc Strategic Marketing

Our part-time programmes are suitable for those who can commit to studying for 4 or 5 one week blocks a year and require more experience than the full-time programmes, but we are willing to discuss on a case by case basis. The following programmes are available at Cranfield:

  • Executive MSc in International HR Management

  • Executive MSc in Logistics & Supply Chain Management

  • Executive MSc in Managing Organisational Performance

  • Executive MSc in Programme & Project Management

Bursary savings on the full-time programme would be £4,000, subject to meeting the entry criteria, and on the Executive part-tme programmes a £2,000 bursary in the first year is offered and a further £2,000 in the second year.

Cranfield also offer a highly respected full-time General Management MBA (studied over 12 months) and an Executive MBA (studied over two years) and can be deferred by 3-4 years, if necessary.

For anyone interested in studying for an MBA we would look at individuals on a case by case basis and would require a minimum of three years commercial experience and a good first degree.

To start a discussion, come along to an Information Session run monthly in London or a Preview Day held on campus, some on weekdays some on a weekend, please contact Michele Gray - Business Development Director, Graduate Programmes on or call 01234 754377 or visit our website