Minister
The Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, Minister for Sport, at the House of Commons Launch of the PPF on 2 May 2007

The Professional Players Federation, formerly the Institute of Professional Sport, was established in 1991 by the Central Council of Physical Recreation.

The PPF is a not-for-profit body which provides a forum for the professional player associations to work together for the betterment of professional sport.  All our income is from the member associations and commercial sponsorship, we receive no government funding.

Garth Crooks was our first chairman, a position he held for fifteen years before passing the baton on to Brendon Batson in 2006.

Since the formation of the Institute of Professional Sport, the player associations have gone from strength to strength.  The players have helped to lead the way in the promotion of a number of ground breaking initiatives in sport, such as anti-racism and community programmes.  The Institute and its members have also supported the formation of new player associations with advice and practical support.

In 2004, the Institute of Professional Sport moved away from the Central Council of Physical Recreation and started to take greater control over its operations.

In 2007 the decision was taken to re-launch the organisation with a fresh impetus and a new name.  Nevertheless our aims and objectives remain the same – to promote, protect and develop the collective interests of professional sports players in the United Kingdom.