Browsing articles from "June, 2016"


Jun 29, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Pilgrim Centre Poland VisitorsARGYLE Community Trust is continuing to work in partnership with Tellus with a group of Polish students currently at the Pilgrim Centre, studying computer and software skills.

Trevor Lowman from the Pilgrim Centre said: “We offer a range of programs for European Students, such as media, marketing, photography, economics and accountancy, although the majority is computer based.”

Jacob and Lukas, students from Poland, added: “The skills and material we have learnt whilst being with Argyle have been invaluable and will definitely be used when we go back home. We want to be Computer Programmers, so fully appreciate these software lessons with Argyle.”

The topical issue of the EU referendum and how it would affect these European programmes came into question. Trevor stated confidently that “the impact of Brexit would most likely have a minor impact on the scheme, however the program would still continue.” The European partners are assured that the steady flow of students would be maintained, despite the result of the referendum last week.

The recent reconstruction of the Pilgrim Centre at Argyle has been absolutely superb and has improved the teaching dynamic. The larger learning environment has provided an opportunity for the technological expansion at the centre, which has doubled our potential.

The evolving prospects of projects at the Pilgrim Centre have created more opportunities for local students to become more engaged. “We also hope that our reconstruction, besides doubling our potential, will provide more opportunities for local students. We plan to work with Erasmus in the future to enable local students to have experiences with European programmes,” said Trevor.


Jun 22, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies are delighted to announce the introduction of a brand new reserve team to support the growing ambitions of the first-team.

After securing the services of manager Dave Leonard for next season, the Ladies are keen to expand the scope of their club, attracting a new crop of talented players to the Plymouth Argyle family.

The reserves will come under the stewardship of manager Garry Harris and his assistant Lee Bargery, with the main emphasis placed on recruiting players aged from 16 – 19, so we can help them develop into players capable of achieving success in the first-team.

The new team will compete in the Devon County Women’s League and will operate under the umbrella of Argyle Community Trust.

“It is the logical step forward for Plymouth Argyle Ladies to develop a reserve team, offering further opportunities for talented players to join our club,” said Trust manager Mark Lovell.

“Any successful team needs competition for places and we are very hopeful of operating two sides competing at the right end of their respective divisions.”

Plymouth Argyle Ladies would like to thank the Football Foundation for providing us access to a Grow the Game grant in helping to form the new team.

We are now actively recruiting new players for the pre-season campaign. To find out more, please contact Argyle Ladies Club Secretary Andrew Bellamy on


Jun 22, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

BEN Foster, a seventeen year old from Peverell, joined us here at Argyle Community Trust on our first Traineeship cohort, starting in March 2016. A firm Plymouth Argyle supporter, Ben was initially made aware of the programme whilst attending an Apprenticeships and Jobs event, held at the Job Centre +. “I was stuck in sixth form struggling with my A-Levels, not enjoying life at all and had no clue on what I wanted to be in life,” said Ben.

Upon signing his initial forms and enrolling on to the Traineeship, he began to ease his way into the programme, completing initial employability skills support workshops, alongside his first placement sessions in Freedom Fields, working with 11-19 year olds in a real inclusion-based session.

Ben was also involved in supporting the Health & Disability remit, assisting the delivery of ‘It’s a Goal’- an hour long game-based activity for Adults with mental health issues. Ben soon began to realise that he now felt a passion for the area he was working within and enjoyed helping others develop their sporting experience.

Ben added: “The work placement was a good way of experiencing different sessions and many different types of participants, which made you think in many different ways and was interesting and a good learning experience for me.”

The twelve-week Traineeship, delivered in partnership with B2B Engage, a Nationwide training company, aims to help young NEETs find a new, exciting programme they can become immersed in and re-focus their minds on their individual futures.

As far as Ben was concerned, the learning environment was a perfect to aid his development, both personally and as a budding Sports coach. Each Trainee has the opportunity within their 12 weeks to complete a Sports Leaders UK L2 award as well as their FA Level 1 in Coaching Football, both extremely valuable qualifications when looking to achieve a career in sport.

Consistent delivery during his twelve-week placement with Argyle Community Trust has enhanced Ben’s reputation throughout the organisation. As he looks to build a career in Sports Coaching, he is in a good position to gain employment.

“My next step is to secure an apprenticeship in coaching, which I can now do with my experiences and qualifications I’ve gained during this course. I would preferably like to seek an apprenticeship with the club itself.

“As a person, I feel I've improved in many ways during the course, things such as my confidence, people skills and self management have all been helped massively. The course tutors were amazing, both Dan and Ryan taught us well, looked after us and successfully tutored me to become a qualified coach.”

The skills required to gain employment are increasingly hard to obtain, those skills go beyond having the essential qualifications and experiences. The ability to be punctual, passionate and forward thinking about your job role are things that are of huge importance.

If you’re aged between 16 and 18 years old, not in Education, Training or Full Time Employment and you’re unsure what your future holds, feel free to contact us here at Argyle Community Trust to see if our Traineeship is something that could propel you into the next, positive step in your life and personal development. Our next cohort is due to start in September 2016 and spaces are limited, so contact us as soon as possible to confirm the first step of your future.

01752 562561 ext.4


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

BMW Bibs

YOUNG footballers attending our weekly football courses at Devonport High School for Boys have been given a boost by the Ultimate Driving Machine.

Our friends at Ocean BMW have kindly agreed to sponsor the bibs used by the youngsters, giving them a feel of being part of a professional outfit.

The football courses at Devonport High School for Boys run every Saturday morning from 10 – 11.30am and for ages 3+, with the players split into different age groups.

It is a fun introduction to football with the emphasis placed on improving co-ordination and a basic understanding of the game. Sessions are priced at £4 per week and we will provide free tea, coffee and biscuits for parents.

“We are very grateful to Ocean BMW for their continued support of Argyle Community Trust and I know the young players are thrilled to bits with their new bibs,” said Football Development Officer Jason Chapman.

Garry Parker from Ocean BMW added: “We have been proud partners with Argyle Community Trust for many years now and it is a terrific to see how the organisation has grown over this time.

“It’s great for us at Ocean BMW to see these footballers taking their first steps in the game and play our part in delivering high quality, engaging coaching sessions with the next generation of talent.”

To find out more, please contact us on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email



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

12002314_10153560773938119_7501719390978236600_nTHE Plymouth Argyle Futsal squad travel to the National Finals in Birmingham on Tuesday for the dramatic conclusion to an excellent season.

Based at Carn Brea in Cornwall, the Futsal squad have been superb in their division this year, qualifying for the National Finals, where we will take on teams from Cardiff City, Scunthorpe United and Newport County in the group stages of the tournament.

Attention then turns to the Futsal D team on Thursday, as they have also qualified for the National Finals, and face teams from Chelsea, Sheffield United, Exeter City and Grimsby Town in their group.

The Plymouth Argyle Futsal programme offers talented and enthusiastic footballers with the opportunity to continue training at a high level, while earning qualifications that can lead to Higher Education and employment in the sports industry.

To find out more, please contact our Futsal Development Officer Neil Slateford on 07969 463773 or email


Jun 15, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Argyle Ladies Management TeamTHE future is looking bright for Plymouth Argyle Ladies after securing the services of manager Dave Leonard and his assistant Travis Rowland for next season.

Affectionately known as Lens, the experienced coach took over the reins toward the end of last season and, while it was too late to save the Ladies from relegation, a terrific upsurge in performance levels showed the message was getting over to a talented group of players.

The Pilgrims finished their campaign with an impressive 2-2 draw against QPR and also secured the Devon Cup title under the stewardship of Leonard and Rowland with a superb performance against Marine Academy Plymouth at Devon FA headquarters.

“I am thrilled and excited to be staying on for another year,” said Leonard. “The only regret is that last season came to an end just as the players were getting more familiar to a new approach.

“We have a strong nucleus in the squad and there is a work ethic that gives me great belief that we can achieve something special next season, with the ultimate ambition of winning promotion.”

Mark Lovell, Argyle Community Trust Manager, added: “Lens has done a great job in galvanising the team and it is excellent news for the club that has agreed to stay on as manager.

“We now have continuity and a consistent message for the players, who I’m sure will return for pre-season full of determination to keep developing as individuals and as a team.”


Jun 9, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

THE Plymouth Argyle Football Education programme based at King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) in Totnes 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 Ryan Yeoman on 01752 562561, option 4 or e-mail



Jun 9, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Walking Football 2016ARGYLE put up a brave defence of their title by reaching semi-finals of the 2016 Walking Football National Championships.

The Pilgrims famously won the inaugural tournament last year, just a few months after forming the squad, and they qualified for this season’s competition by winning the regional title in some style.

Argyle stormed through a group that contained Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Wigan Athletic and Mansfield Town to reach the knock-out stages, where we eventually set up a semi-final reunion with Blackpool.

The Tangerines were the beaten finalists last year but they exacted revenge with a 1-0 victory in another tight encounter.

It was still a terrific showing from Argyle and testament to the growing popularity of Walking Football. Training sessions are open to players over the age of 35 every Monday at the Goals Soccer Centre in Plymouth from 6-7pm.

We also have a Walking Football centre in St Austell. To find out more, please contact Argyle Community Trust Health & Disability Officer Josh Grant on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email


Jun 7, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

North Devon LTPDYOUNGSTERS from the Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) enjoyed an evening of high intensity, competitive football at the end of May, as Okehampton LTPD hosted a series of matches against their neighbours from Holsworthy LTPD.

It was terrific to see these talented footballers implement a number of the technical and tactical training sessions provided by Argyle Community Trust in a genuine game environment.

Scouts from the Plymouth Argyle Academy attended the evening, keeping tabs on promising young players from across the North Devon region.

“This evening was an opportunity for me and my coaches to step back and let the players do what they do best: play football in a competitive environment,” said Football Development Officer Bobby Hopkinson.

“I was really pleased with the effort and commitment both sets of players and parents showed. The quality of the matches and the high standard the players played at was a credit to both centres.

“The most encouraging part of the evening was that both sets of players were able to play with no pressure and enjoy themselves. It was a joy to watch.

“The evening was a great success and I am looking forward to organising an LTPD training day in the summer…watch this space.”

For more information on football opportunities in North Devon, please contact Bobby on 01752 562561 or email


Jun 2, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Whitsun Disability FootballARGYLE Community Trust is enjoying a terrific Whitsun holiday, packed with football fun for youngsters across the region.

We sent our intrepid media team out to the dedicated course for footballers with disabilities and found a group of enthusiastic young players displaying their skills in the sunshine at the Goals Soccer Centre next to Home Park.

Our Pan Disability sessions are a new addition to the programme of soccer courses delivered in the school holidays and we are thrilled to be opening up fresh opportunities for young people to enjoy the beautiful game.

To find out more, please contact our Health & Disability Officer Josh Grant on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email


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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