ARGYLE Community Trust and the University of St Mark & St John are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new degree in football development and coaching.
The new ‘BA Honours Football Development & Coaching’ course offers a pathway for passionate footballers across the country to take their football education to the next level.
Students will gain from the expertise of academics, professional football development officers, and coaches from Argyle’s Community Trust, as well as working with the Football Association and Sport Coach UK accredited tutors, community football clubs, and professional footballers.
Phil Brown, University of St Mark & St John’s BA Football Development and Coaching Programme Leader, said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Argyle Community Trust, supporting best practice and ensuring students have both the academic qualification and the applied experience to develop fantastic careers in the vast global football industry.
“Students will apply theory to practice including coaching, work placements, and even paid roles whilst they study for their degree.”
Argyle Community Trust Manager Mark Lovell added: "Argyle Community Trust is a shining example of the future possibilities for graduates on this degree programme, with almost half of our current workforce of 31 permanent staff joining the Trust after completing courses in football development and coaching.”
Individuals on the course will develop coaching and performance analysis skills to ensure they can plan, deliver, and evaluate high quality, age-specific football coaching sessions. They will also gain the football coaching qualifications ‘FA Level 1 & 2’, ‘Youth Modules 1 & 2’, ‘FA Futsal Level 1’ and ‘Street Soccer Level 1’.
To celebrate the new programme, the University has launched an Elite Team Sports Bursary offering £1000 to eligible players, and it hopes to attract current and former professional academy players.
For more information about programmes offered at the world-class Faculty of Sport & Health Sciences at the University of St Mark & St John, visit www.marjon.ac.uk or contact Argyle Community Trust on email@example.com
AFTER a morning of shopping at K-Mart & Sporting Goods, we headed into Philadelphia and straight to the Famous 'Jim's' Cheese Steak which has featured in movies. Photos of movie stars, pop singers and presidents are all over the walls. Everyone was bought a Cheese Steak and Soda.
We then headed downtown. Philadelphia itself is full of history and we visited the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, homes of the forefathers before the classic run up the Rocky Steps. The lads were photographed several times by others visiting as they are obviously huge Soccer Stars over here.
It started to rain a little but I don't think anyone minded too much as the walk back to the mini-vans was a good 26 blocks (about five miles) which burned off some of the 1300 Cheese steak calories.
At 7pm it was Game time and we were lucky to see another 'Home' win. Temple smashed Connecticut to win the East Coast Championship. Firework and Trophy presentation finished off another full day in the USA.
ARGYLE Ladies’ relegation-threatened season hit a new low on Sunday with a 2-0 home defeat against West Ham United.
Having dropped to the bottom of the League table following back to back defeats against Cardiff City, Argyle went into the re-arranged fixture against the Hammers knowing a win would put us back in touching distance of the teams above.
However, on a bitterly cold and blustery afternoon, despite dominating possession for long periods in the second half, Argyle’s front line lacked a cutting edge and it was the visitors who pulled themselves further away from the relegation places with two goals gifted to them on the break late in the game.
With Christmas still a month away, Argyle knew this was a massive six-pointer but started nervously and it was West Ham who carried the early threat with Michaela Phillips pulling off a fantastic save to deny the impressive Guilia Ferrandi in the opening minutes.
Argyle were struggling to make any headway, with passes going astray, and, with a strong wind in their faces, they were reliant on some resolute defending from the back four to stay in the game.
Slowly but surely, Argyle started to build some attacks with Ezme Wells making some penetrating runs down the right flank and from one such bursting into the West Ham penalty area, the young winger fired a shot high over the crossbar.
Amber Pollock on the opposite wing then got in behind the West Ham defence but her shot was well saved by Aditi Chauhan.
As the half wore on, chances were at a premium with Guilia Ferrandi for West Ham and Argyle’s Phoebe Baker seeing their long-range efforts flash narrowly wide as the teams went in level at the break.
Argyle came out with more intent after the restart, and for ten minutes they were camped in the West Ham half but were lacking the final pass. The visitors weathered the storm and it was they who nearly took the lead when Guila Ferrandi’s well struck free-kick on the hour cannoned back off the post and was cleared.
Argyle were becoming increasingly frustrated at being pulled up for every challenge and in the 67th minute, one momentary lapse in concentration allowed West Ham debutant Aysha Bentick to nip in unmarked at the far post and send a looping header over Michaela Phillips to give the visitors the lead.
It was now West Ham’s turn to defend resolutely and in the remaining 25 minutes, despite wave after wave of attacks, Argyle couldn’t find a way through and in the final minute of injury time, Bentick killed the game with her second goal of the afternoon.
With barely seconds on the clock, Argyle had sent everyone forward for a corner and almost grabbed a equaliser when Natalie Volpini’s header was blocked on the line. As the ball was cleared, Aysha Bentick outpaced Jodie Chubb and her somewhat mishit shot crept in at Michaela Phillips’ near post.
Manager Kevin Taylor was left to rue the lack of quality in the final third in a game that, in truth, was there for the taking.
“We all knew the enormity of this game”, said Taylor. “I tried to diffuse the situation to take the pressure off the younger ones. Unfortunately, we were too nervy at the start and panicked a bit when in good areas going forward.
“The longer the game went it looked like the first team to score were going to win, so the manner of their first was extremely disappointing and then we gambled late on and got caught with the second.”
The defeat leaves Argyle still at the bottom of the League and, due to their poor goal difference, effectively four points from safety. They do, however, still have games in hand on the teams immediately above them, but next Sunday’s home game with QPR is by no stretch of the imagination a must-win.
WE had a fantastic time in our home-stays with some of the lads taking part in American Football games, watching College Ice Hockey and even hitting the Black Friday Sales at midnight. Three lads also got a Thanksgiving present of $40 cash each from a visiting aunt.
The dinner was amazing and I am really pleased with the photos and feedback from our players and also from the families they stayed with. The club received an email saying how respectful, polite and mature the guys were.
We then said good bye to the families in the morning and headed off to the batting cages for a go at baseball. Most went for the modest 20 – 35 mph, which is a little short of the 80mph thrown in Major League Baseball. We were fortunate that the Boston Red Sox had a few pros there training and we had the opportunity to chat and get a picture.
We then headed to Philadelphia and our third state of the trip (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and had a quick tour of the Phillies Baseball Stadium. We then entered the Fargo Centre to watch the Philadelphia Flyers play Nashville Predators in the NHL (Ice Hockey). The response from the Scholars when we left was 100% positive with all buzzing with the amazing atmosphere and result. Flyers won in OT on a Power Play.
Played in the superb facility at Goals Soccer Centre, it was an excellent competition, played in great spirit and with some real talent on display.
Bodmin Community College beat last year’s winners Lipson 2-0 in the final but all the teams from across Devon and Cornwall deserve great credit in our largest ever Girls Community Cup.
Argyle Community Trust Football Development Officer Jason Chapman said: “The Girls Community Cup was played with great spirit in a real community atmosphere, with all girls playing with a smile on their face and really enjoying the day.
“Credit must go to all players and teachers involved in making it such a fantastic day.”
As a day-job, Lee works for Argyle Community Trust as our Lead Sports Tutor, coordinating the Post-16 Scholarship programme for a number of education courses currently run by the Trust.
His success as a coach has now been recognised and highlighted in this excellent article. Have a look here.
ARGYLE'S Peninsula League trip to Liskeard on Saturday has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Lux Park.
The fixture has now been rescheduled for April 2.
WE had a chat with the players, sponsors and coaches just they set off for the Futsal Tour of USA.
Have a watch…
IT was all about New York sightseeing on the second day of Argyle Community Trust’s tour of the USA, as the players and coaching staff headed to the famous Maddison Square Gardens for a look around the famous arena. (Stevie Wonder played there last night and the Nicks play today).
When we got outside, the noise, smell of food, crowds of people and just sheer size of the place was etched on everyone’s faces. We headed straight to the Empire State Building climbing up to the top floor to have unbelievable views of NYC and beyond – apparently we could see up to 80 miles.
Then we jumped on the hop-on hop-off Red Bus for a Guided Tour around the city before visiting The World Trade Centre Memorial, Broadway, Wall Street, Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, arriving at Times Square at dusk.
Here we had some free time shopping for a couple of hours and then had dinner at Applebees. Another hour of shopping etc followed before returning to Maddison Square Gardens to catch the train home at 11pm.
Notice is hereby given that the 6th Annual General Meeting of Argyle Community Trust will be held in the Pilgrim Centre, Home Park, Plymouth at 0915 on Friday 11th December 2015 to transact the following business:
1. Minutes of the previous meeting
2. Reports and Accounts
4. Appointment of Charity Trustees
5. Any Other Business
Attendance at the meeting should be notified to Jo Yorke on firstname.lastname@example.org