We were joined by almost 200 enthusiastic young footballers, braving the rain to enjoy a full day of fun activities based around improving their skills, knowledge and understanding of the game.
The children were then joined by the entire Plymouth Argyle first-team squad in the afternoon for a series of matches at the Goals Soccer Centre. It was brilliant fun and a big thank-you to Argyle manager Derek Adams and his players.
ARGYLE’S Peninsula League trip to Plymstock United on Boxing Day has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Details on the rearranged fixture will be announced in due course.
ARGYLE Community Trust is delighted to announce the launch of our new progression centre at Saltash.net Community School for boys and girls aged from 4 – 14 years.
This weekly course will run every Thursday evening from 5-6pm and starts on January 7 through to February 11, with the six-week block available at the excellent price of just £20.
Sessions will include a warm-up inclusive of agility/invasion games before we start working on a structured development syllabus, focusing on the four cornerstones of football: technical, physical, social and psychological.
All players will be closely monitored and considered for progression to our Long Term Player Development Centres in Liskeard and Plymouth. Sessions are delivered by our highly-qualified team of coaches.
For more information, please contact our East Cornwall Football Development Officer Lewis Coombes on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
ANOTHER poor first half performance ultimately led to defeat as Argyle Ladies ended 2015 firmly rooted to the bottom of the FA Women’s Premier league and facing a massive fight to avoid relegation in the New Year.
In their last game before Christmas, Argyle Ladies took the season of goodwill a little too literally by presenting West Ham with four gifted goals and three points, when, with a bit more composure in front of goal, they would have won comfortably.
Having left Plymouth to travel to the game at 6.45am, Argyle started like their heads were still on the mini bus and fell behind in the 11th minute in controversial circumstances when, from a West Ham corner, Shirvae Edwards collided with Argyle’s Becky Atkins and went to ground. To everyone’s astonishment, the ref gave a penalty for a push, which was coolly despatched by Romina Pinna.
Argyle were struggling to get their passing game together and it was no surprise that West Ham increased their lead in the 27th minute when some slack marking allowed Pinna to nip in behind the Argyle defence and slot the ball past Michaela Phillips for her second goal of the afternoon.
Shocked into a response, Argyle slowly got themselves a foothold in the game and they should have reduced the arrears in the 32nd minute when they were awarded a penalty of their own for a foul on Dani Salt, but the usually reliable Katie Middleton dragged her spot-pick wide of the mark.
Seven minutes later and Middleton redeemed herself by scoring from an acute angle, but despite dominating the closing stages of the half Argyle, went in 2-1 down at the break.
In very similar fashion to the home game between the two teams, Argyle came out a different side in the second half and with the introduction of Mollie Taylor they lay siege on the West Ham goal.
It seemed only a matter of time before Argyle would equalise, but, as the half wore on, chances came and went and several good opportunities were either wasted or well saved by West Ham’s Aditi Chauhan.
For 35 minutes or so, West Ham had hardly been in the Argyle half, but in the 81st minute disaster struck when Argyle lost possession from a poor throw-in and one ball over the top sent Pinna racing clear before rounding Phillips to complete her hat-trick.
Argyle fought back and a minute later Mollie Taylor played in Phoebe Baker who beat her marker before slipping the ball under the onrushing Chauhan.
Any hopes of a late comeback were immediately dashed when almost straight from the kick off, Argyle’s defence left Edwards free on the edge of the penalty area and the West Ham striker, despite looking offside, did not need a second invitation to make the game safe for the home side.
With several minutes of injury time added on, Argyle still had chances and they were denied a second penalty when Phoebe Baker appeared to have been fouled by Chauhan but, as the referee waved play-on, the ball was cleared and West Ham hung on for the three points.
At the final whistle, Argyle manager Kevin Taylor could not hide his disappointment: “After the encouraging performance in defeat to League leaders Brighton last week, we should have been looking to pick up something here,” he said.
“However, regardless of the opposition, we cannot afford to start as poorly as we did today and at 2-0 down we’ve given ourselves a mountain to climb. I still felt that once we had pulled a goal back that the game was there for the taking, but missing chances at one end and making mistakes at the other is a recipe for disaster, and so it proved.
“We’re sure making life difficult for ourselves in our bid to avoid the drop and it may mean having to go to the likes of Coventry or Tottenham and get something, but we’ll enjoy the Christmas festivities as best we can and come back fighting in the New Year.”
ALONG with our comprehensive programme of Christmas Soccer Roadshows, youngsters in Cornwall can also enjoy the full Argyle experience over the festive period.
Our team of highly qualified coaches will be in both Launceston and Truro on Monday, December 21, moving on to Carn Brea on Wednesday, December 23 and then we complete a fantastic 2015 with a trip to St Day on Tuesday, December 29.
Full details are available by clicking the link below and the sessions with Argyle Community Trust include skill development, competitions, small-sided games and a number of prizes to be won.
For more information, please contact Assistant Football Development Officer Tim Nixon on email@example.com or call 01752 562561 ext.4
ARGYLE’S Peninsula League clash with Millbrook has been postponed following a pitch inspection from Devon FA Referee’s Officer Jason Haywood.
The game has now been rescheduled for Saturday, February 27.
FOOTBALL can be a very cruel game, especially when you’re at the bottom, and never was it more so than for Argyle Ladies on the away day at League leaders Brighton & Hove Albion.
With the festive season fast approaching, Argyle Ladies sit bottom of the League and facing the prospect of five consecutive away games either side of the Christmas break. They went into this game bereft of several key players leaving themselves with a bare 11, plus back-up keeper Rebecca Kyle as an emergency substitute.
From the first whistle, Brighton lay siege on the Argyle goal and, but for some resolute defending and a string of wonderful saves by Argyle’s Michaela Phillips, the home side would have been out of sight by half time.
It was testament to the ‘never say die’ efforts of the Argyle players, allied to some wayward finishing and great goalkeeping, that it took Brighton until the 41st minute to open their account with Sophie Perry setting up Charlotte Gurr for a close-range finish.
It was much the same in the second-half with the occasional break on the counter attack for Argyle with Ezme Wells and Amber Pollock both going close.
The longer the game went with only a 1-0 lead and with Argyle still defending for their lives and Michaela Phillips pulling off save after save, the home side began to get frustrated and one sensed that if the visitors could fashion a clear-cut chance on the break or from a set piece, then an unlikely result might be on the cards.
However, as the game went into injury time, Argyle’s resistance was finally broken as a poor goal-kick from Phillips was seized upon by Brighton substitute Lisa Fulgence, returning to the side after a year out with injury, and the lively forward shrugged off the challenge from Natalie Volpini before firing low into the bottom corner to double Brighton’s lead.
A close-range header from Fulgence for Brighton’s third on the final whistle was harsh on Argyle who had given their all against the best all-round side in the division and sees both sides retain their places at the top and bottom of table respectively.
Despite yet another defeat, manager Kevin Taylor was quick to praise his players for their effort, work rate and commitment. “Given the circumstances going into the game, I could not have asked for any more from my players,” he said.
“We came here on a hiding to nothing, so to keep the best team in the League at bay for 41 minutes and only concede the second and third goals in injury time says an awful lot about the fighting spirit of these players. I’m beginning to think that someone up there doesn’t like us.
“After the immensely difficult opening set of home games we had at the start of the season, to then have two or three winnable games postponed and now face five away games on the spin with players either injured or unavailable, it’s going to be a tough few weeks.”
Students from Torpoint Community College joined us for a fantastic day, finding out more about the life of a professional footballer and spending time with their heroes from a Saturday afternoon.
The Year 10 students arrived at Home Park for 9.30am, enjoying a ground tour before watching the first-team train with their teacher Matt Evans. Argyle manager Derek Adams also spent time with the group, talking about his role at the club and ambitions for this season.
“It was a great experience for the students and we are grateful to the manager and players for kindly giving up their time,” said Argyle Community Trust Football Development Manager Jason Chapman.
“Working inside a professional football club is a great privilege and it’s very special for us to provide youngsters with a glimpse of life at Home Park, which hopefully acts as an inspiration for the students who are heading into a vital period in their education.”
If you would like more information on school visits to Plymouth Argyle, please contact Jason on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4.
SANTA has turned Green to deliver a package of presents for young Argyle fans across the region.
Argyle Community Trust has teamed up with Mr Claus for a superb selection of Football Roadshows over the Festive period, including our legendary Christmas Cracker at Home Park on Monday, December 21.
The Christmas Cracker offers all young people attending the course an opportunity to join a training session at the Goals Soccer Centre under the guidance of the full Plymouth Argyle first-team squad.
You will develop football skills with the heroes in Green and there will be the chance to collect autographs and pictures. The array of stars does not end there, with Pilgrim Pete also in attendance and Father Christmas will present each youngster with a goody bag, Christmas card and the chance to win lots of prizes.
A full list our Christmas programme is outlined below and please click on the link below for the downloadable application form. All courses are 10am – 3pm unless otherwise stated.
Monday, December 21
10am – 3.30pm
Home Park, Plymouth
Monday, December 21
Parklands Sports Hall, Okehampton
Monday, December 21
Launceston Community College Sports Hall
Monday, December 21
Richard Lander School, Truro
Wednesday, December 23
Home Park, Plymouth
Wednesday, December 23
Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Pool
Tuesday, December 29
St Day Football Club
Wednesday, December 30
Home Park, Plymouth
Contact us on email@example.com or call 01752 562561 ext.4
ARGYLE’S Peninsula League clash with Illogan RBL has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Seale Hayne.
A date for the new fixture will be released in due course.