PLYMOUTH Argyle’s Walking Football Team came second in their FA South West regional tournament on Friday 26th June, only missing out on top spot by goal difference and are now through to the National FA Walking Football Cup on Monday 6th July at St George’s Park.
Argyle travelled to Exeter for the South West Tournament playing, Exeter, Portsmouth, Bristol City and Swindon. Argyle managed to remain unbeaten throughout the tournament and only conceded one goal. The matches were 10 minutes long and rolling subs were used throughout each match. The tournament was a good test for the players but the next round will be no stroll in the park.
Walking Football gives thousands of older men the chance to rediscover the joys of playing football again through a sport that makes the basic elements of a match accessible to them by slowing the game down.
The pace of walking football may be more leisurely, but the game is still fierce. It is by far an easy way of playing the sport but it is still as enjoyable as the game they used to love to play in their younger years.
Argyle’s Coach Andy Yates comments “Considering that Argyle Walking Football Team have only been up and running for 6 weeks, already getting this far is a great achievement for the lads and shows how far they have come in such a short space of time.”
For more information on Walking Football please do not hesitate to contact Andy Yates on 01752 562561 ext 4 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
ARGYLE Community Trust are pleased to announce dates for football roadshows during the Summer holidays.
Courses will be taking place in a number of locations throughout Devon and Cornwall and are suitable for children aged 5-15 years.
This year we have introduced a number of Tiny Tots sessions for children aged 3-6 years which will take place from 10am to 12pm.
To book your place please either book online, download the attached form and post to the office or contact Argyle Community Trust on 01752 562561 ext 162
DUCHY College, part of The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) and Plymouth Argyle FC have created a new partnership that will help budding coaches and footballers to develop their skills, under the guidance of the League 2 club.
The Football Education Programme, based at Duchy College Stoke Climsland, will cover all aspects of the professional game from nutrition and fitness to injury analysis and coaching. The students will also receive training sessions from a Plymouth Argyle coach and will be able to further develop their skills by undertaking work experience at Argyle’s Home Park stadium.
Curriculum Lead for Sport at TCCG, Kym O’Mara, said: “This is really exciting for us, to partner with Plymouth Argyle and the opportunities this will offer our students is fantastic. The group will study nutrition, fitness testing, analysis and coaching. Plymouth Argyle already have a big community coaching network across Cornwall and West Devon and our students should be involved in helping to deliver those.”
The League 2 club will not only help the students to grow as footballers and coaches but help them to develop their careers by attending various workshops and through work experience at Home Park.
Kym continued: “TCCG is committed to growing the skills of young footballers and coaches in Cornwall; our Camborne Campus is already home to the Football Development Centre which works in partnership with Cornwall FA. I am delighted that we have been able to explore this link with Plymouth Argyle and I hope to grow our relationship in the future.”
Applications for the full-time course, which starts in September, are now being taken. Those who complete the course could progress into a number of key areas in sport and fitness to include coaching, nutrition, injury prevention, teaching or further study.
Football Development Manager at Plymouth Argyle Jason Chapman, said: “Plymouth Argyle Community Trust are delighted to work in partnership with Duchy College on this new and exciting project. By working closely together we will develop and educate young and aspiring footballers both on the pitch and in the classroom.”
World-class athletes set to inspire young people from Plymouth
The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s team of world-class athletes will be in Plymouth this July to help inspire the next generation.
The double Olympic champion’s charity is running its ‘Get on Track’ programme, where elite athletes mentor young people to get them into employment, education or training, as well as motivating them to lead healthier lifestyles and take part in sport on a regular basis.
The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust will be working alongside Active Devon and the Plymouth YMCA to help support the group.
Sprinter and double Commonwealth medallist Katherine Endacott and British Olympic swimmer Cassie Patten will be involved in a range of workshops from sports leadership and disability awareness through to highly targeted, practical skills building like job interviews and using social media to land the perfect job.
Dame Kelly Holmes said:
“There’s no denying that these are tough times for young people, and this is when the impact of an athlete role model can be so inspiring. Olympians, Paralympians, and world champions know what it takes to overcome adversity and still have the will to succeed, not only in sport, but in life too. My charity’s athletes use their unique skills to help young people make positive changes in their lives. I’m delighted we’re able to make a difference in Plymouth.”
To find out more about the course and how to get involved contact Laura Pickering, YMCA Plymouth on 01752 761012 or e-mail email@example.com
For more information about the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in general contact:
Nia Charpentier, Senior PR & Communications Officer, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust:
0207 743 8600 – 07874 905 519 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for Editors:
The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust gets lives on track by using world class athletes to engage, enable and inspire disadvantaged young people.
For more information, please visit www.damekellyholmestrust.org
Older footballers from Plymouth Argyle are getting another chance of glory thanks to a new national walking Football Competition from the Football League Trust’s which kicks off in Exeter this week.
Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed specifically at the over 50’s. The competition is backed by football legend, Jimmy Armfield, who, comments, “As you get older the opportunity to participate in team sports lessen – ironically at the age when you most need to keep active. Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age, as well as getting those back playing football who had to stop due to injuries. Simply playing 1 hour a week for 3 months enables players to cover 30 miles and burn 4,200 calories!”
One of the thousands of people who are feeling the benefits of walking football is Trevor Lowman, who turns 60 next November. Trevor said: “I’ve been saying for years that I’d love to go and have a game of football and haven’t done it. Then, when I started to experience problems with my ankle and knee, I didn’t think I’d have the chance to do it again. But the recovery has gone really well and when I saw the information about walking football I thought I would give it a go. “
The tournament features over 60 teams who, uniquely, will represent their local Football League Club and play in their official colours. The competition is comprised of 5 regional events, with the top two in each region qualifying for the finals which will be played at The FA’s prestigious St George’s Park.
Dean Grice, from the Football League Trust comments, “Those dreams you have as a child of playing for your local team never truly go away, so the competition that teams represent in their local club and play in their colours. We are also grateful to The FA for allowing us to use St George’s Park to provide our players with the experience of playing a top class venue.”
Walking Football has grown massively over the last few years and as the name suggests it is non-contact and anyone that sprints, runs or jogs while the ball is in play will be penalised with a free-kick awarded to the other team. The game is played on a pitch 20/40 yards in length and 15/30 yards in width with a size 4 football or Futsal.
Dean continues, “We want this tournament to provide the opportunity for friendly competition and to promote and help grow the game. So that more and more older people can benefit from staying active.”
Clubs In the South West Group are;
South West Exeter 26th
Bristol City FC
Exeter City FC
Plymouth Athletic FC
Swindon Town FC
28 May 2015
Premier League Kicks Cup Final
- 47 Premier League and Football League Clubs took part in the competition at The Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields in Liverpool
- New clubhouse facility was opened during the event following £650,000 investment from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation
The football season may have ended for many, but 47 Clubs from both the Premier League and Football League were represented by a total of 70 teams of young people who took to the pitches at The Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields in Liverpool hoping to claim the last bit of silverware this season, the Premier League Kicks Cup.
The Under 16 mixed competition was won by West Ham United who beat Newcastle United 1-0 in the final whilst in the girls’ event Newcastle United beat Wigan Athletic on penalties.
The Premier League Kicks Cup is the culmination of a season-long community programme run by the Premier League and Sport England in disadvantaged areas, to allow those who traditionally do not participate in organised sporting activities the use of facilities and equipment.
The Premier League Kicks Cup took place on the Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields, a site which has received investment of £650,000 from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation, to assist the Merseyside Youth Association in building a new club house – in turn encouraging local groups’ use of their facilities. The significant investment has helped regenerate the clubhouse from a burnt out shell to a modern facility which will benefit the many hundreds of local people that use the site each week. The Kicks Cup signified the official opening of the new facility.
The Premier League Kicks programme began in 2006 as a pilot project in London between the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police with the aim of using football to bring communities together and to engage with young people. Today 50 Premier League and Football League clubs run local community-based sessions, which have engaged over 42,795 young people this season.
As well as the many matches that will be taking place throughout the day, participants of the Kicks Cup will be able to make the most of on-site workshops and advice and support from professional coaches.
Premier League’s Community Development Executive, Nick Perchard said: “We are delighted to be holding this year’s competition at one of the Merseyside Youth Association’s playing fields. Premier League Kicks is about connecting with communities, which complements the work MYA’s sports initiatives deliver throughout the year.
“Over the last twelve months the 50 professional football clubs delivering the programme have engaged over 42,000 young people, so to mark the opening of the Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields by seeing 600 of them competing for the Premier League Kicks Cup is very exciting.”
Steve Rotherham MP, Liverpool Walton added: “I was delighted to support the Premier League Kicks Cup Tournament which marks the opening of the new development in conjunction with the Merseyside Youth Association. I played regularly on the Jeffrey Humble playing fields during my amateur football days and I remember the old, cold and cramped changing facilities that we had to use. It is fantastic that the current generation of footballers will now have quality facilities.
For decades the playing fields were widely used throughout the local community and by people from much further afield, and so the fire on the site in 2012 was devastating.
I’m a strong advocate for grassroots football so it is brilliant to see the Jeffrey Humble playing fields benefiting from this investment from the Premier League and Football Association which hopefully enables the young, talented footballers in the local Junior Football Leagues to develop their skills and reach their full potential.”
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Clubs attending Premier League Kicks Cup 2015:
Burnley FC in the Community
Leicester City FC Foxes Foundation
Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme
Middlesbrough FC Football in the Community