PFA Scotland and Chris Mitchell Foundation launch scholarship for Scottish footballers
Last Updated: 07/12/17 10:53am
PFA Scotland and the Chris Mitchell Foundation have launched a scholarship programme to help footballers adjust to a new career after retirement.
Chris Mitchell was a professional footballer who took his own life at the age of 27 after developing mental health issues, suffering from depression and anxiety.
In honour of Mitchell, the Foundation was established to raise awareness around mental health and well being for players, ex-players and staff working in the Scottish professional football industry.
Scotland PFA chairman John Rankin said: "In Scotland it's not a wealthy football environment anymore, it really isn't. If you're going to have a part-time job to run alongside it then these courses would help players with that.
"A lot of players I know have actually got two jobs now, they play football during the day and do something else at night. So if we can encourage people to look after themselves out of football and have another career to fall back on when it does come to an end then great.
"But these players are fully focused on what they are doing on a Saturday for their clubs but it's just having that bit of education behind them, which is great because you need that nowadays."
Watch the video above to see how PFA Scotland and the Chris Mitchell Foundation are helping footballers prepare for a new career.