Michael Bennett – The Professional Footballers’ Association will joining our Inspirational YOU – business of sport panel at Birkbeck, University of London.
Michael is a former professional footballer from Charlton Athletic, Wimbledon, Brentford, Millwall, Cardiff City and Brighton Hove Albion, and non-league Canvey Island.
After retiring from professional football became a qualified UEFA B coach working for two years in local schools in the community. In 2004 became a qualified counsellor and worked in schools for four years, thereafter setting up a company Unique Sports Counselling, working with professionals in the sporting world.
Before joining the PFA, worked as a Project Worker, funded by the Union Learn Fund, and now currently works for the PFA as Education Adviser and Player Welfare Executive making current and former players aware of the educational/vocational courses available within the PFA and highlighting the importance of education to our members. Offers support to our members and former members with counselling/mentoring to deal with any issues they may encounter during their playing careers and after.
Works on the Anti-Bullying Workshop initiative with the PFA and the Premier League which has been rolled out to all Premier League clubs for their 14-18 year old players, parents and coaches as well as delivering diversity training to scholars at Premier League clubs, and sits on the Panel of the Kick It Out (football’s equality and inclusion campaign) Mentoring Programme.