PLYMOUTH Argyle FC have recently been delivering a fantastic initiative for Schools in Devon and Cornwall through the Premier League School Sport programme, which aims to give a major boost to primary school sport in Devon and Cornwall.
The Premier League, Professional Footballers Association and Football League Trust have invested in the scheme which will allow Plymouth Argyle FC to deliver high quality curriculum time coaching aimed at improving physical literacy and fundamental movement skills.
Community Trust Manager Mark Lovell explained "Involving young people at an early age in sport can have an extremely positive effect on their lives in terms of their health, well-being and raising aspirations. The Premier League School Sport Programme will do just that.”
Primary age children, from 5-11 years, have had the opportunity to receive various sports sessions, ranging from football through to tennis. Sessions have taken place in the school setting during PE lessons and Extracurricular times.
In recent weeks as part of the Academy Under 18’s education and development they have been out delivering lessons with lead staff from the Community Trust to help raise aspirations for young people but to also build the apprentices skill sets and leadership.
“Reaching out to the youngsters of our local community is the fundamental aim of the Community Trust – the funding from Partners will further help us break through any discrimination or social barriers which hinder young people’s development improve PE curriculum provision within local primary schools and help to provide continued professional development for primary school teachers. By utilising the Under 18 players it provides role models for young people and also enables them to ask questions around healthy living and in the other sense it develops the players to help them become better rounded people” explained Mark Lovell.
BARTON Hill Amateur Boxing Club played host to the inaugural Box to Box competition, putting 3 of the Premier League Charitable Funds South West clubs through their boxing paces.
Bristol City, Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle travelled to Barton Hill ABC, Bristol, to compete in a skills competition, judged by professionals at England Boxing.
The days saw 5 PL4S participants; representing each club, compete in a series of gruelling physical challenges to score points for their professional club. Each participant would then have their scores tallied up and the winners would receive Adidas boxing kit kindly donated by the sports governing body. Stations were set up to test boxings newest recruits footwork, physical fitness and punch technique. In addition to this, a number of PL4S participants had the chance to spar a local professional boxer, as a means of experiencing the sport first-hand.
The day was delivered as a way of celebrating the hard-work and effort of each of the clubs boxing participants, giving them a chance to see first-hand how far they had come. Boxers from all 3 clubs, shown incredible fitness and promising skill, as well as highlighted how PL4S can help grow confidence and self-believe.
The day was eventually concluded with England Boxing presenting the winner’s trophy to Bristol Rovers, who successfully compiled enough points to win the team event and pip their South West rivals to the silverware. However, PAFC fared much better in the individual competition, with 2 young female boxers making the podium.
For more information about Premier League 4 Sport or to sign-up to a session, please contact Ryan Hooper on 01752 562561ext4 or firstname.lastname@example.org