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TEN REASONS TO JOIN THE PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA (PFAG)

  1. You, together with all professional footballers world-wide will be a member of the world players union FIFPro.
  2. The PFAG continues and strengthens the developmental process and relationship building amongst the professional football family. Being a member of the PFAG is part of a journey, not the final destination that enhances your football career and leads to goal-congruence.
  3. The PFAG has a skill set of able professionals with over 30 years industry experience who are all experts at getting the most out of people. They will counsel you on life after football issues and help you develop your career.
  4. The contractual issues that are key to you can be addressed as they happen, and tracked and monitored as they unfold.
  5. You own the solution to your own issues. You get the benefit of fantastic advice and support, but at the end of the day the resolution is down to you.
  6. Keeps you informed on football related issues, career advice and social issues.
  7. You maintain a link with a network centered around football professionals and coaches.
  8. All members are automatically premium members of the Association, with unrestricted access to physiotherapy advice at subsidized rates.
  9. You can cease to be a member whenever you wish. There are no restrictive conditions.
  10. We are significantly better value, as is attested to by our continuing growth and our rising collective bargaining power.

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LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL

PFAG PENSION FUND

It is an inevitable phenomenon that all good things must eventually conclude and come to an end. This fact of life is particularly true in the domain of football, where our superstars light up our pitches for a period of time but eventually bid us farewell as they hang up their boots.

For long this has been the bane of many footballers. A most unfortunate situation, given the lengths they go to while plying their vocation to entertain the millions of fans who adore them. Our footballing history is littered with numerous narrations of one time stars, who end their illustrious careers broken, forgotten and marginalized by society. As heartbreaking as this may seem, it is no figment of fantasy, but a damning and stark reality.

In order to curtail such unfortunate occurrences, the PFAG has taken upon itself the challenge of helping to ensure a secure future for all local footballers, just as pertains in Europe and other more advanced areas of the world. The PFAG, earlier this year rolled out a lucrative pension scheme, which seeks to administer attractive and rewarding benefits to all registered professional footballers who ply their trade in the country.

The following are the main objectives of the PFAG’s Pension Fund:

  • Provide seed capital for business opportunities

  • Enable clubs to retain and adequately motivate their best footballers

  • Avoid future financial difficulties for retired footballers

 

The Pension Fund operates on the assumption that each player earns an average monthly salary of Ghc 250, of which Ghc 15.00 would be paid into the “Life after Football Fund”. The Provident Fund will grow players’ incomes and create future wealth for future withdrawals and retirement.

Withdrawal from the fund is permitted periodically after two years of operation, and is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

The fund will permit players to withdraw 30-50% of balances at key times.

At 35 years, a player can withdraw 35% of the Fund’s balance to support key life initiatives. A package fondly dubbed “35@35”.

Yet another package within the Fund, the “Life begins at 40 package”, provides a player the opportunity to withdraw 25% of the Fund’s balance at the age of 40 years.

Upon the attainment of age 50, the “Golden Withdrawal” package, enables a player to withdraw up to 50% of the remaining balance of the Fund.

In the event of the player’s demise, a lump sum, or the outstanding balance will be paid to the player’s documented beneficiaries.

The projections for the Pension Fund are as follows:

  • It is projected that at 35 years, the fund will be Ghc 34,141.00.

  • At 60 years, the fund will be 1, 123,881.00 without withdrawal.

  • Withdrawal of 35% at age 35 is projected to equate to Ghc 10,299.00.

  • Withdrawal of 25% at age 40 comes to Ghc 10,425.

  • The Golden Withdrawal at age 50 tallies up to Ghc 66,954.00

 

To ensure the smooth operation and efficient management of the Pension Fund, the PFAG has put in place a Board of Trustees, tasked with overseeing all matters pertaining to the Fund. The membership of the board consists of:

  1. Two representatives from the PFAG

  2. A representative from the GFA

  3. A member from the NSC

  4. A member from the League Clubs Association

  5. An independent Trustee licensed by the National Pensions

  6. Regulatory Authority (NPRA)

  7. An independent member of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA).

 

It is thus of great importance that all stakeholders, most especially the footballers themselves, help make the PFAG’s proposition a success. We remain committed in our bid to ensure that football players playing their trade in the country get the very best out of their efforts when their playing days are over; and together we intend to make this happen!

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Football for Water in Ghana

The four year project is targeting 420 schools (157,500 children) with water, sanitation facilities, hygiene and sanitation education and improved life skills and sports facilities. Community outreach campaigns would be carried out through football and hygiene club activities to further spread the WASH message to approximately 756,000 family members. The schools are situated in both rural and urban areas in the Northern, Upper West, Ashanti, Western Central and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana.

 

Long Lasting Behaviour Change Through Football

Ghana currently suffers from shortages in clean drinking water, particularly in the Northern Region, where water-borne diseases are frequently reported. Therefore, Football for Water in schools is aimed at instilling a long lasting positive behavioral change through the captivating power of football. It fulfils every child’s right to water, sanitation and hygiene and has far reaching effects on their health and life in general. Ghana is a football loving nation and by widely spreading the WASH message through role models, we believe we can cause positive change regarding sanitation and hygiene issues in the country.

Local Partners

Unicef Ghana

New Energy (and its partners)

Ghana Urban Water Company

Professional Footballers Association of Ghana

Key Government Agencies

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