"Here at Newcastle United we are proud to support The Players Trust and the fantastic work they do in providing help and guidance to players of all ages. There is no place for abuse in football and I would encourage any players who have suffered it, or wish to discuss the matter, to contact The Players Trust as soon as they can to talk things through."
Newcastle United captain
"The Players Programme has provided a number of workshops for our 1st Team and Reserve Team players, which are follow-ons from the work we do in the first two years of the scholarship. Money Management, Substance Awareness, the Mind and Career Management have been among the subjects presented to the players. Academy parents have also had their eyes opened by a module involving the PFA which he provided an insight into the workings of agents as well as the rules and regulations parents should be aware of. This is a programme in its infancy, which is trying to address the everyday issues young footballers are experiencing. I have to say that this initiative is looking at the process in a very positive way."
Head of Education, Manchester United
"Handling the media is a vital part of a footballer's development, and the Players' Programme offers the best guide to building a constructive relationship with TV, radio, newspapers and the internet. Many agents see only pound signs when they think of their client's public profile. But the Programme encourages players to use the media expertise of their club, and other specialists in the field. The media is a fact of life and needn't be seen as the enemy. A player can use interviews and broadcasts to present a rounded portrait of the who they really are, and correct false impressions. This is a major opportunity to help in the development of tomorrow's stars and give them the protection they need."
Chief Sports, Writer for the Telegraph
"As Ex Sports Minister I am very pleased to see the advising of Young Players in this way and feel strongly that this should be embraced by all clubs. There is no doubt that this will improve the short and long term decision making of Young Players and their Parents. Football should be seen to be leading the way for other sports to also adopt this approach."
Richard Caborn MP
World Cup Ambassador to the Prime Minister
"We have held a number of Players Programme modules which the whole of our first team and management personnel have attended. Each meeting has been varied, topics all of which have been very interesting. The speakers have been good and able to capture the attention of the players. The information is beneficial to all players including those who have been with Manchester United for a number of years. The players are looking forwarding to the next modules."
Player Liaison Manager, Manchester United