The Professional Players Association (PFA) is the programme sponsor of the I Am On-Board programme and are looking to provide an opportunity for players and ex-players (the main focus-ethnic minority background) The programme provides broader experiences to players , helping with their careers after football but equally helps boards to benefit from the ambassadorial experience that players have that is lacking somewhat in boards of all persuasions. The PFA and a steering group of ex-players have helped to identify 15 people for the first cohort.
The benefits of creating diverse boards are very clear, however there is work to do in all sectors in maximising this potential and addressing some of the gaps in age, gender and ethnicity. The I Am On-Board programme prepares individuals to take up board appointments over an intensive six month programme, complementing the core skills that the participants have with corporate governance experience.
It is envisaged that the cohort of players will help to redress the statistics which show that in sports generally and in football in particular less then 2% of the board come from ethnic minorities. In many cases the percentage is 0%.
Graduates of the programme will make themselves available to sit on the boards of the Football Association, Premier League, Football League, the Clubs but will also be valuable for school governors, magistrates, housing associations, NHS trusts and other private sector boards.
The I Am On-Board Programme is delivered over five half day sessions with a written examination at the end. The main aim of the course is to investigate how corporate governance influences the successful running of an organisation. Participants will gain an insight into the principles and theories of corporate governance across the private, public and third sector preparing them for involvement with boards and how to apply effective boardroom behaviour.
This module is currently being developed in collaboration with the PFA, and the Technical Director of the FA
The process of selection will involve the completion of an application form, attendance at the orientation event, short-listing and selection. The course is then delivered over five half-days every first Wednesday of the month, whilst the course is being delivered participants will be paired with mentors who have extensive board experience and potential board appointments will be sourced.
There will be further information about the process of signing up in the coming weeks but in the meantime can you please diary the following dates. The venue will be St George’s Park Football Centre.