Search

GMB launches ‘Footballers United’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 October 2018

The latest football news (pic: David Davies/PA)

The latest football news (pic: David Davies/PA)

PA Archive/PA Images

Amateur and semi-professional footballers deserve protection, as well as advice and support for their lives both in and out of football, according to the GMB Union

GMB, Britain’s general union, has launched a ’Footballers United’ branch to protect ‘precarious’ players from injury calamity.

The new initiative has been unveiled on Non-League Day, a day when clubs promote the importance of affordable volunteer-led community football, while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league sides.

Footballers United will help a wide range of footballers, from former Premier League players to non-professionals who have suffered horrific injuries on the pitch that mean they can no longer do their day jobs.

The branch will also give non-league footballers support, from representation at FA hearings to advice with contracts.

Francis Duku, GMB organiser, said: “Footballers outside the professional levels of the game are in a precarious position and need a union.

“One bad tackle can leave you with no way to earn money, either from playing or from your day job.

“That means no way to pay your rent, or feed your family, for possibly months or years – just because of one nasty moment on the pitch playing the game we love. It can be a personal calamity.

“GMB believes amateur and semi-professional footballers deserve protection, as well as advice and support for their lives both in and out of football.

“Footballers United will help non-league football people - regardless of whether player, club staff or fan – to access a number of union services and benefits that will greatly improve their experience of football at this level.

“The impact it has on their lives both on and off the pitch to make sure that the experience of non-league football can be improved for all who want it, as well as creating a network to provide much needed support to all in their everyday lives away from football too.”

Latest Kilburn & Brent Stories

16:00

Four Brent girls took part in trials for the English Schools’ FA under-15 team at Bedfont Sports on Sunday.

A river blighted with sewage pouring out of people’s toilets in Kenton has led to a giant community effort to start replanting flowers.

10:00

The latest boxing news from Brent

09:05

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Sky Sports today announced a new four-year broadcast and multiplatform partnership that will see Sky Sports become the NBA’s exclusive broadcast partner and official website operator in the UK and Ireland.

Queen’s Park has triumphed with a golden win in this year’s London in Bloom awards.

Yesterday, 18:00

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Norwegian announced today a partnership that sees the award-winning airline named presenting partner of the NBA London Game 2019.

Yesterday, 16:00

Stones beat Beavers 2-1 at Grosvenor Vale on Saturday

Yesterday, 13:29

The draw for the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy has been made

PROMOTED CONTENT

A new community centre, The Yellow, opens in Wembley Park in the heart of the Brent community. From October 1, the hub will offer a selection of arts and fitness classes, many of which will be free.

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Kilburn sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now