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Sep 30, 2015   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

20150902_Plymouth_v_Exeter_01ON the basis of recent form, Argyle travel to Penryn as rare underdogs for the Peninsula League encounter tonight.

A disappointing loss to Brixham in the Cup and with no game last weekend, it has been a wound-licking ten days for the young Pilgrims.

Penryn, on the other hand, have recovered from a slow start to the season by securing three successive League wins, banging in 16 goals in the process.

The ingredients are in place for a proper game of football down at Kernick Road in Penryn – kick-off is 7.30pm.


Sep 30, 2015   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Argyle Ladies PicCOMING into the game on the back of a fine away win at Queens Park Rangers, Argyle Ladies appeared in confident mood but what followed was, without doubt, their worst display of the season to date as they ended up a well-beaten side for the third consecutive home game.

Things didn’t appear too bad in the early exchanges but Argyle were failing to get their passing game together and fell behind in the eighth minute when both Lucy Olde and Natalie Volpini were drawn to the near post, which left Coventry’s Danielle Selmes free inside the six-yard box to score with ease.

Argyle were defending resolutely and should have equalised on 20 minutes, when Mollie Taylor seized upon a defensive slip but saw her goal-bound effort cleared off the line.

Coventry increased their lead on the half-hour, as Volpini misjudged a through ball to Selmes and the Coventry striker outpace Olde before coolly slotting the ball past Michaela Phillips for her second goal of the afternoon.

From only their second meaningful attack of the first half, Argyle’s Ezme Wells was unlucky not to score on the stroke of half-time when she was sent racing clear by Phoebe Baker, but saw her rasping drive tipped on to the crossbar by Susan Wood in the Coventry goal.

In truth, Argyle’s passing had been pretty awful in the first half and they had only fashioned two clear chances, but at 0-2, they felt they were still in the game.

However, within three minutes of the restart 0-2 became 0-3, as the Argyle defence once again switched off, allowing Helen Dermody to ghost in at the far post for a close-range finish.

Coventry’s Marie Gauntlett smashed home the visitors fourth goal in the 58th minute from an unstoppable 25-yard free-kick and Argyle’s miserable afternoon was complete when, in the 83rd minute, Kayley Lane was red carded after her frustration got the better of her and she was involved in a scuffle with Coventry’s Jade Brook.

At the final whistle, Argyle manager Kevin Taylor was left bemused as to how his side could play so well the previous week and so poorly against Coventry.

He said: “We may have had some difficult games at home recently, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that today we couldn’t string together more than three passes, and once again made some sloppy errors which were punished accordingly.

“It seems, at present, we are far more comfortable playing away from home which is something we’ll have to address, but with Tottenham away next week in the League Cup, it’ll be a chance for us to put our indifferent League form to one side and we’ll go there looking to spring an upset.”


Sep 30, 2015   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

GE DIGITAL CAMERAARGYLE Community Trust celebrated the National Citizen Service Graduation Ceremony last week at the Plymouth City Guildhall.

This glittering event was an opportunity for all our graduates to join up with their family and friends to celebrate a summer of achievement. We were delighted to complete 195 graduates on the scheme this year.

The ceremony was a chance for the graduates to showcase their NCS journey and the work experience gained over the summer. The graduates have raised almost £3,000 for charities across Plymouth, adding valuable skills to their educational CV.

It was a great occasion and an opportunity for the Argyle Community Trust to congratulate these young people for their attitude and application, demonstrating the huge potential in the youth of Plymouth.

Argyle Community Trust worked in partnership with City College Plymouth to run the NCS Programme. The NCS project sees local Year 11 school-leavers engage in a summer-long project, aimed at creating community-wide volunteers. The project is made up of two week-long residential stays, encouraging participants to experience independent living, whilst gaining valuable life skills.

After the two week-long residential trips, each participant will learn valuable work-specific skills and qualifications during a planning week at Home Park Stadium. It is throughout this time each participant has the chance to improve their CV by gaining accreditations which will help them to deliver a local community Social Action Project (SAP).

Well done to all involved.


Sep 30, 2015   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

LinesmanFlag_DiamondARGYLE Community Trust is looking for a new assistant to run the line in our Peninsula League fixtures.

The successful applicant will become an integral part of the Argyle set-up in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League and all expenses will be paid for by the Argyle Community Trust.

We would prefer applicants who are qualified to work as a linesperson in adult football and to register your interest, please contact Trust Manager Mark Lovell on


Sep 30, 2015   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

LinesmanFlag_DiamondARGYLE Community Trust is looking for a new assistant to run the line in our Peninsula League fixtures.

The successful applicant will become an integral part of the Argyle set-up in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League and all expenses will be paid for by the Argyle Community Trust.

We would prefer applicants who are qualified to work as a linesperson in adult football and to register your interest, please contact Trust Manager Mark Lovell on


Sep 30, 2015   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Onesport GlovesARGYLE Community Trust has teamed up with Onesport Gloves to provide all goalkeepers in our Education Programme with access to this fantastic product at a very generous discounted rate.

Established in 2009, Onesport is an independent manufacturer of goalkeeper gloves in the UK, specialising in goalkeeper products and accessories. View their full range by following this link.

The Trust would like to thank Paul Hider from Onesport Gloves, who runs this local business from Launceston and Paul is a goalkeeper in the South West Peninsula League, so he knows the feeling of being a number one.

Argyle Community Trust is in safe hands.


Sep 30, 2015   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

ARGYLE Community Trust has a whole host of football on offer as part of our Soccer Roadshow programme for the October Half-term.

Please download a full programme below and you can book your place on our courses by completing the form below. Send it to us at Plymouth Argyle FitC, Home Park, Plymouth, PL2 3DQ or email a copy to

October Flyer


Sep 24, 2015   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Pilgrims from Europe

THE Pilgrim Centre at Home Park is always a hive of educational activity and this month has seen a very welcome European flavour land at PL2.

Our superb relationship with the Tellus organisation is now in its fourth year and opens up opportunities for European students to bring their English studies to the unique environment of a professional football club.

Working under the umbrella of the Argyle Community Trust, we develop their skills in areas that include ICT, Sports Administration, Event Planning, Media and we have recently added Teacher Training to the mix.

At present, we have a number of Polish students working with the Pilgrim Centre to improve their English and Administration skills, as well as a brand new sports-related project with an Italian group from a specialised Language School based near Rome.

This exciting venture also included trips to the Madejski Stadium at Reading Football Club, St James Park, Exeter City Football Club and a Premier League venue in the Vitality Stadium at AFC Bournemouth.

Their overall ‘Reset Project’ will see the students work on all facets of organising, publicising, economising and delivering a sports project, culminating in a Car Rally fully arranged by the students in their home city.

It is just another branch to the ever-growing tree of learning and development at the Argyle Community Trust.


Sep 23, 2015   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

AS part of the growing PL4 Sport project run by Argyle Community Trust, we are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new Plymouth Argyle Netball team.

Our Girls will compete in the Plymouth & District Netball League, starting from next week, and will have the support of everyone at Home Park in this new adventure.

Following on from the success of our running club, the team will be made up of girls from Year 7 and 8, playing in a competitive League structure at the Life Centre in Plymouth.

“It is fantastic to see the Argyle Community Trust continuously growing and introducing sport to young people across our region,” said Argyle Chief Executive Martyn Starnes.

“We are delighted to welcome the netball team into the Argyle family and I am sure they will wear the famous Green shirt with the same pride as all our footballers enjoy on a Saturday afternoon.”

We hope this new club will encourage more and more young people to take up netball, with the draw of playing for Plymouth Argyle a real attraction for different potential players around the city.

PL4 Sport emerged from a new partnership between Sport England and the Premier League, formed with the commitment to engage young people across the country and introduce sport to everyone.

The team training night is hosted at Plymouth High School for Girls on Thursdays during term time from 5-6pm, and is open to all aged 12-25 (Current team for fixtures aged under 13’s only).

Argyle Community Trust currently runs free sporting sessions in athletics, boxing, netball, badminton, hockey and table tennis.

We also have availability for casual coaches to join our PL4 Sport team in delivering these sessions. For more information, please contact Ryan Hooper on 01752 562561 or email


Sep 21, 2015   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

AFTER two humbling home defeats to the League’s top two teams, Argyle Ladies went to Queens Park Rangers and dug deep to record their first away win in the Women’s Premier League since December 2011, despite playing with 10 players for 74 minutes, following the unfortunate sending-off for Natalie Volpini.

Argyle went into the game knowing that if they were to have any hope of pulling away from the lower reaches of the table they would have to pick up some points against the team currently bottom of the league, and they started brightly with both Mollie Taylor and Ellie Dorey coming close to providing an early lead.

Argyle continued to dominate the early exchanges and it was no surprise whenTaylor fired them into the lead in the 15th minute, turning her marker on the edge of the penalty area and rifling a shot high into the top corner.

Almost immediately, QPR’s Cherrelle Albert had a chance to equalise but her low drive was well saved by Michaela Phillips.

Kayley Lane, Ellie Dorey and Ezme Wells all had good chances to increase Argyle’s lead but disaster struck for the Greens in the 25th minute when, from an innocuous ball over the top, QPR’s Joanne Wilson got in behind the Argyle defence and collided with Natalie Volpini as she attempted to get back goal-side. As the last defender, the referee had no option but to send off the unfortunate Volpini to leave Argyle to play the remaining 65 minute with 10 players.

Not to be dismayed, Argyle switched to three at the back and continued to take the game to their hosts at every opportunity and it was Taylor who gave them a 2-0 lead in the 32nd minute, when she raced onto Becky Atkins’ through pass and coolly slotted the ball past the QPR keeper.

Argyle held their 2-0 lead going into the break when manager Kevin Taylor made a slight change in formation in preparation for an expected onslaught in the second half.

Argyle’s defensive line continued to hold firm and they were still able to fashion some chances on the counter attack, with Wells unlucky with a shot into the side netting and Atkins going close with a free-kick.

As the Argyle players began to tire, QPR’s Danielle Puddifoot saw her rasping drive cannon off the cross bar and in the 69th minute Joanne Wilson reduced the arrears when she finished from close range amid a goalmouth scramble to set up a tense final 20 minutes.

An injury to QPR ‘keeper Robyn Tillyer meant the referee added an additional nine minutes of injury time to pile on the agony for the Argyle officials and supporters, but, in truth, despite some very tired legs, the Argyle players, as a team, defended superbly to keep their lead intact and come away with a deserved and well-earned three points.

Argyle manager Kevin Taylor was quick to praise the whole 14 players, who proved what can be achieved with a bit of fight and hard work.

“We were by far the better side and very comfortable until the sending off and I’m convinced we would have gone on to win by a greater margin with eleven players for the whole game,’ said Taylor.

“Nat was unlucky with the red card, but in some ways,it spurred us on to get the job done.

“It’s hard to single anyone out as it was a complete team performance but our back three following the red card of Jodie Chubb, Lucy Olde and Phoebe Baker were immense and Mollie Taylor ran herself into the ground up front and scored two great goals.

“All we need to do now is take that fighting spirit into our next home game against Coventry United next Sunday.”



Argyle Community Trust is the official charity partner of Plymouth Argyle Football Club and helps over 30,000 people every year achieve their goals through sport. The trust supports some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented people across Devon and Cornwall.


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