Browsing articles from "April, 2016"


Apr 28, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

20150902_Plymouth_v_Exeter_01THE Plymouth Argyle Football Education programme has just a few places remaining for the September intake.

If you’re still wondering which path to take after completing your GCSEs, get in contact with us and explore the option of a specific programme designed to enhance your football skills, while also providing you with a BTEC qualification that can lead to higher education or future employment.

You will train with our team of UEFA-qualified coaches, many of whom have played professional football, and compete against teams from across the country, which has included the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea this season.

Students will also be give opportunities to join the Plymouth Argyle Peninsula League team, playing alongside first-team professionals and Academy scholars, as well as involvement in the Peninsula Under-21 League.

We are looking for young players of school-leaving age with a passion to play football at a high level to take academic studies under the guidance of Plymouth Argyle, whilst at the same time honing their footballing talents.

The programme sees 16-18 years olds participate in a number of academic studies alongside a football scholarship run by Plymouth Argyle. The programme is designed to give people excellent academic qualifications that can take them into universities, overseas universities, employment and work places.

In addition to this, the programme provides talented and enthusiastic youngsters with the opportunity to train and play as a football scholar in tandem with their academic studies.

Previous scholars have progressed into the professional game, climbed the football pyramid and also gone overseas, whilst others have improved on their football ability and continue to play at a high standard in local football.

If you would like to attend the open trials, please contact Lee Britchford on 01752 562561, option 4 or e-mail


Apr 27, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

THE repertoire of courses offered by Argyle Community Trust now includes a Btec Level 2 First Certificate in Sport.

Argyle Community Trust offers a unique approach to ensuring the best educational outcomes from all of its participants. Top-class facilities and leading industry experts provide the perfect environment to develop and progress beyond the determined outcome of each programme.

Whether higher education, employment or overseas studies are your ultimate target, the Trust will help you get there.

BTEC Level 2 First Certificate Sport
Full time course

Course summary
The BTEC Level 2 First Certificate Sport qualification is designed to allow learners to study a GCSE equivalent Sport qualification, which forms a sound base for progression on to a Level 3 Qualification.

What will I study?
Modules covered include Fitness for Sport & Practical Sports Performance, (which are both Core Units), Anatomy & Physiology for Sports Performance, which must also be studied, and a range of optional Units designed to allow progression to Level 3.

Maths and English:
As part of the programme and vital to the learners progression, learners will undertake 1.5 hours each week of English and maths.

Employability plays an important role in this programme and units are selected that allow learners to experience what it is like to work in the Sport & Leisure Industry. Guest speakers from the Industry will come in regularly and present to learners.

Find out more:
Please contact Argyle Community Trust by emailing or call 01752 562561 ext.4


Apr 27, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   blog, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Young TherapyWHITLEIGH Primary School in Plymouth enjoyed a special visitor to their +Sport Move and Learn project last week, as Plymouth Argyle Sports Therapist Adam Slater dropped in for the day.

The youngsters have been studying anatomy as part of their programme with Argyle and Adam was able to provide a unique insight into the world of sporting injuries.

It was great to see the children lap up all his stories from professional football and they loved hearing about all the gory stuff, such as broken limbs. The teachers, however, were a little more squeamish, especially those with uneasy stomachs.

Argyle Community Trust delivers +Sport Move and Learn to 33 schools throughout the region over the course of this year and you can find out more by contacting Stewart Walbridge on or call 01752 562561 ext.4


Apr 25, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Ladies v QPRTHE Pilgrims may be looking at life in the South West Division next season but on this encouraging display, it will not be long before they are back in the higher division.

Argyle started confidently and Mollie Taylor twice tested goalkeeper Ronja Andersson. Danielle Salt then judged Becky Atkins’ free-kick perfectly but unfortunately headed over the bar. Out of the blue, a long ball out to Chez Albert in the 25th minute saw her beat the offside trap to smash a great 25-yard shot into the net.

The QPR lead lasted just three minutes as the alert Taylor raced on to a ball over the defence to coolly lob the advancing goalkeeper. On a bumpy surface, good passing moves were becoming more difficult.

Ezme Wells saw her weak shot saved, while full back Phoebe Baker made a great run up the left wing past a couple of defenders, only for the poor surface to prevent her getting full control of ball to set up a team-mate.

Argyle stepped up the pace in the second half but they had to rely on defender Natalie Valponi to head clear after goalkeeper Kate Middleton's clearance was charged down.

Minutes later, Argyle found themselves 2-1 down when Puddefoot fed Juliette Denny who fired low into the corner of the net. Argyle were now in all out attack mode with Wells seeing her shot blocked by Andersson and Jodie Chubb heading over.

Chances came thick and fast, with Wells having another effort saved by Andersson, who also denied Taylor with the pacey Amber Pollock shooting over. At times, it seemed all that stood between a big Argyle win was goalkeeper Andersson, who managed to get behind everything that was thrown at her.

With all these chances a goal just had to come – and it did when Taylor shook off Puddefoot to send in a rasping drive which Andersson could only parry, but the alert Becky Atkins raced in to smash the rebound into the net.

Two minutes later it seemed all but over as Argyle were awarded a penalty when Jean Seninde brought down Danielle Salt leaving Kayleigh Brown to take the penalty but the nerves got the better of her as she fired the ball over the crossbar.

Manager Dave Leonard was full of praise for his players after the game: “It was an impressive team performance to end the season on. We dominated the second half and if we took our chances we could have won comfortably.”

Thanks to Dave Potham for the picture.


Apr 24, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

EIGHT clean sheets in a row for Argyle and a particularly impressive performance considering a vast majority of their starting line-up had played against AFC Bournemouth in the Merit League 24 hours earlier.

Holsworthy more than held their own in a very competitive first half but the Pilgrims have built solid defensive foundations in recent weeks, and their quality shone through after the break.

The goal that broke the deadlock was a cracker from Luke Jephcott, receiving the ball on the edge of the box after a flowing team move before swivelling to smash an unstoppable finish into the top corner.

Substitute Alex Fletcher sealed the points with a late second following another decent spell of fluid passing from the young Pilgrims.


Apr 23, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   blog, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Pedal 4 PoundsTHE Pedal 4 Pounds Cyclists will make their triumphant return back to Home Park today after three gruelling days in the saddle.

The riders started their mission at Swansea City on Sunday morning and have since visited Cardiff City, Newport County, Bristol City and Rovers, Yeovil Town, Exeter City and Torquay United.

After covering hundreds of miles in this great South-West Challenge, the riders are scheduled to wheel their tired bodies through the Green gates at Home Park between 12.30 and 1pm today.

If there are any friends, family and supporters around PL2 at that time, it would be wonderful to give the riders the reception they deserve after undertaking a huge physical and mental challenge…and a great way to get in the mood for Argyle’s massive game against Dagenham & Redbridge this afternoon.

Pedal 4 Pounds is raising money for the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer, as well as supporting the Argyle Community Trust and the Green Taverners’ good causes. The 2015 Pedal 4 Pounds event raised £13,900 for charity and the ambition for this year is to smash this record.

If you would like to read the stories of our riders and make a donation, please just visit

For more information, please contact Health & Disability Officer Josh Grant on or call 01752 562561 ext.4


Apr 21, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Tesco Food DropTHE Pedal 4 Pounds riders are now underway in the South West Challenge of visiting nine professional football clubs over three days.

Starting from Swansea on Wednesday, the riders headed to Cardiff City, Newport County, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town, Exeter City, Torquay United and, finally, a triumphant return to Home Park here in Plymouth.

However, there will be some very important fuel provided for the journey courtesy of Tesco, who have kindly supplied our riders with provisions of food and drink to keep them going over the next three days.

Plymouth Argyle Football Club and Argyle Community Trust would like extend our gratitude to Tesco for their extremely kind gesture. As they say, every little helps, and in this case, a little is a lot.

Pedal 4 Pounds is raising money for the Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer, as well as supporting the Argyle Community Trust and the Green Taverners’ good causes. The 2015 Pedal 4 Pounds event raised £13,900 for charity and the ambition for this year is to smash this record.

The ride concludes with a celebratory lap of the Home Park pitch during half-time of the pivotal first-team game against Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend.

If you would like to read the stories of our riders and make a donation, please just visit

For more information, please contact Health & Disability Officer Josh Grant on or call 01752 562561 ext.4


Apr 21, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

WE are delighted to welcome youth football clubs from Crediton, Chumleigh and Fowey, who are the special guests for the home clash with Dagenham this weekend and the day starts with a welcome, a brief talk on the history of the club and a Stadium tour.

This is followed by a coaching session for the children in the adjacent Life Centre and then a buffet for everyone at the same venue.

Finally, the groups are escorted to our award-winning Family Stand, where there are activities for the youngsters to enjoy prior to the game and also at half time.

Hopefully, they will have witnessed another and points for the lads in Green and will become regular supporters in years to come.


Apr 20, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Argyle v Liverpool 1IT was a tough but useful experience for the Plymouth Argyle Football Education squad after a heavy defeat to the Liverpool FC Foundation in the semi-finals of the PLFL League Cup.

Much to their credit, it was very clear to see that a lot of the Liverpool have been a part of the famed Academy system at Anfield and some of the football they produced at a windy Seale Hayne was sublime to watch.

The Pilgrims started brightly enough and had efforts narrowly off target from Tallen Mitchell and Alex Godwin before Liverpool burst in front with two quick goals from Aaron Pomeyie and Elliott Nevitt.

Argyle battled manfully across the pitch and the third goal from John McGrath was a real killer blow. Liverpool turned on the style before half-time with a header from Michael Muscat and a swift brace from the impressive Jack Hazlehurst.

Although Liverpool added further goals after the break from McGrath and Nevitt, Argyle performed much better in the second period and it was a terrific experience to play against a club of such stature.

The Football Education programme at Plymouth Argyle provides youngsters with an opportunity to achieve qualifications for higher education and future employment, while maintaining their football development by competing in national competitions.

For more information and to discuss possibilities for the September intake, please contact Lead Tutor Lee Britchford on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email

View our picture gallery from the game


Apr 20, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Home-ParkTHE lucky 10 chosen to undertake a brand new BTEC course in Sports Therapy at Plymouth Argyle Football Club will be given a unique opportunity to learn their trade in a professional sporting environment.

Home Park will be the main campus for students enrolling on this course and we are restricting the programme to a maximum of 10 people, enabling those selected to experience the first-hand benefits of modern sport in the competitive world of English football.

You will be given exclusive access to the wide-ranging facilities at Home Park, gaining skills and knowledge from experienced practitioners in the field of sports therapy, all of which will enhance your future prospects in higher education and employment.

This course is the first of its kind in our region to be based exclusively at a professional club. The programme will include a mixture of theoretical content, such as anatomy and physiology, as well as practical elements in sports massage, injury assessment and sports taping.

The course will allow students the opportunity to work with professional athletes and gain valuable work experience, all of this alongside gaining additional essential qualifications in the field, such as First Aid.

To express an interest or find out more about the course, please contact or call Argyle Community Trust on 01752 562561 ext.4



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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