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Gain a degree with Plymouth Argyle FC & University of St Mark & St John

Nov 28, 2013   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles  //  Comments Off

PLYMOUTH Argyle FC is pleased to announce it continuation of partnership working with the University of St Mark and St John to offer a unique Higher Education studies programme in a foundation degree Football Coaching and Development.

The course is based at Marjon University, Plymouth Argyle Football Club and taught via a number of resources ranging from tutor led sessions, coaching sessions, work based learning and also coach development days.

The FOUNDATION DEGREE title is (FdA) FOOTBALL COACHING & DEVELOPMENT, with the principal aims of the are to:

  • Provide vocational experiences with mentoring support to ensure students can deliver high quality, age specific community football coaching sessions.
  • Underpin theory based studies alongside practical and work based environments to develop a higher level of coaches and expertise in football development.
  • To develop a highly skilled workforce to initiate football programmes within the local community.
  • Support the wider role of football within football league clubs and communities.

In addition to the academic course, there are also training and games programmes where students will get the opportunity to participate in regular coaching sessions and a games programme against other Universities, Football League clubs and guest teams.

Every participant on the course will also undertake a variety of football/sports coaching qualifications during their time on the programme ranging from Street Soccer to FA Youth Awards and other qualifications.

Plymouth Argyle Community Manager Mark Lovell explains ‘the course is very unique and will help improve employability and help students gain vocational experience within the sports development spectrum and gain nationally recognised qualifications relevant to the sports industry. Students study in a flexible environment, and gain a Foundation degree at a University recognised as one of the leaders in sports coaching and performance.

For those interested into furthering their careers there is no better way than to be educated through a nationally recognized university and to partnered with a professional football club where you can gain a real insight and experience into football development. It also allows people the opportunity to improve their football performance by engaging in weekly sessions and competition with professional club coaches.’

The course cost is £7,995 per year. All Students are eligible for Student Loans and further Grants; total course cost will depend on where you live for more information follow link below.

To apply for a Student Loan and other Maintenance visit:

Or to apply directly for the Course visit:

For more information on the course please contact Mark Lovell on 01752 562561 ext 4 or e-mail or Ryan Thomas on

Okehampton College and Community Trust launch new partnership

Nov 27, 2013   //   by Mark Lovell   //   Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Plymouth Argyle FC and Okehampton College are launching a fantastic new opportunity for Year 10 and Year 11 students.


During December and the through 2013/2014 Plymouth Argyle FC will be launching football coaching sessions for all Year 10 & 11 boys to attend on a regular basis at Okehampton College. Plymouth Argyle coaches will be in attendance every Monday and Friday, after school, from 3.30pm – 5.00pm.

Sessions are designed for those who want to improve their football ability and they will have the opportunity to understand how a professional football club works on a regular basis. This will be a unique opportunity for students at the college to interact and undertake sessions with professional coaches.


The offer does not, however, stop there as students will also have the opportunity to visit Home Park on a match day if they attend 5 sessions during January and February 2014. Plymouth Argyle FC coaches will   be on hand to come and visit some of the college fixtures to provide input and advice to those participating. There will also be the opportunity for all attendees to visit Plymouth Argyle FC training ground, Harpers Park, to watch the first team train take part in a question and answer session with a Plymouth Argyle player.

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The coaching sessions are open to all Year 10 & 11 boys at the college with the first sessions taking place on Monday 2nd December & Friday 6th December. The focus of the sessions will be enjoyable but will also aim to improve young people’s development in football.


To get involved in these sessions, simply turn up at the Astroturf at 3.30pm on Monday 2nd or Friday 6th December Please ensure you have football kit and shin pads for the sessions.


Please remember these sessions do not stop you training or playing for your local teams. In fact, we encourage this and would like players to stay within local football.


For more information please contact Mark Lovell ( or 01752 562561 ext 4)


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