Browsing articles from "July, 2016"


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

5SCHOLARS from the Plymouth Argyle Football Education programme are coming to the end of their National Citizen Service (NCS) experience and it has been four special weeks.

After a fantastic week of outdoor education at Bicton College in Exmouth, where the scholars sampled rock climbing, raft building, canoeing, archery and a whole lot more, it was back to familiar ground for a week at the University of St Mark and St John (Marjon).

The time at Marjon was spent working on their football with a series of technical training sessions and a pre-season fixture against Activate Under-18s.

The scholars have now moved on to the delivery of their Social Action Project, which involved an interactive session with enthusiastic toddlers at Flying Starts Nursery.

The scholars were paired up with a pre-school child and each pair given a task, such as making their own paint using water, mud and twigs. We also had tree face painting using clay, house making using tape and twigs, tree climbing and an assault course in woods.

The reaction from the nursery was superb and it was particularly special to see these young scholars, who spend much of their year playing football at a high level and pursuing a BTEC in Sports Development, taking so much enjoyment from the project.

It was a chance to demonstrate the skills they have learned during NCS, undertaking leadership roles, communication and managing behaviour in line with their aspirations for careers in sports coaching.

Congratulations to the scholars and a huge thank-you to Flying Starts Nursery, we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.

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For more information on NCS, please contact Dwain Morgan on and to discuss our football education programme get in touch with Lee Britchford on


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

IMG_1851ARGYLE Community Trust are launching a fantastic new educational programme based at Plymouth Argyle Football Club to undertake a brand new BTEC course in Sports Therapy 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.

“We are very proud to introduce this exciting new programme to the education provision at Plymouth Argyle Football Club,” said Chief Executive Martyn Starnes.

“It is a little known fact that we operate a number of educational courses at Plymouth Argyle through our Community Trust, offering students a chance to pursue a multitude of careers in the sports industry.

“We have the ideal setting for potential graduates in sports therapy, the facilities are here and participants on the course will become part of the Argyle family, learning their trade in the real-life environment of a professional football club.”

Course Director Adam Slater added: “The course will be a great insight into what it’s actually like to work for a professional sports team. Students will gain new skills and apply them in real world situations, which will set them up for future work and their careers within sport.”

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.

The course requirements include a minimum A-C GCSE in English, Maths and Science, although we do have provision for retakes if required. To express an interest or find out more about the course, please contact or call Argyle Community Trust on 01752 562561 ext.4


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

Mini SoccerARGYLE Community Trust is delighted to unveil our full schedule of Football Roadshows for the 2016 Summer Holidays.

This year, we have even more courses on offer in a wide range of locations across Devon and Cornwall, offering enthusiastic young footballers a chance to shine under the guidance of our professional coaches.

Our courses are for boys and girls aged between five and 15 years of age, with the major emphasis placed on fun, enjoyment and making the most of the summer sun, as well as giving parents a bit of respite over the long holiday season.

The programme kicks-off with our Start of Summer Party across five different locations and we then get stuck into a hectic schedule that includes Football Roadshows, Match-Day Special, Train Like a Pro, Striker and Goalkeepers, Search for a Star, Multi Sports, Tiny Tots for the under 5’s and a whole lot more.

Summer Course Flyer 2016 Please download a full schedule and application form. You can also book courses online by following this link.

For more information, please contact us on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email


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

New CropARGYLE Community Trust welcomed a group of new students on our Football Education programme for an introduction to the course at the University of St Mark & St John (Marjon).

The youngsters will begin their two-year BTEC in Sports Development and Coaching in September, working at sites across the region, including the Home Park stadium and our specialist Futsal Centre in Redruth.

The day was hosted as part of our partnership with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) and Union Learn Funding (ULF), who assist the Trust in providing access to education for the wider community by using the ‘Achievement Through Sport’ project.

“This was a special opportunity for the youngsters to experience a taste of their course for the next two years,” said Trust Manager Mark Lovell.

“They are now part of the football club, members of the Plymouth Argyle family and we want them to reach their full academic and football potential on a course that looks to provide a clear pathway to higher education and a career in the sports industry.”

The day kicked-off with an early morning training session on the fantastic facilities at Marjon before the students were given an overview of the academic content from our course leader Lee Britchford, focussing on the specific modules covered over the two-year period.

Lead tutor at Redruth, Mike Foley, then outlined the specific overseas opportunities provided to our students, as we continue to forge closer links with leading universities and football clubs in the United States.

This partnership stems from our annual pilgrimage across the pond to sample life in an American university, while playing matches against some top teams from the east coast of the States.

We were then delighted to welcome PFA representative Riz Rehman for a detailed workshop on the importance of equality in our sport, focussing on the students’ new responsibilities as official members of the Plymouth Argyle family.

Riz Rehman added: "It’s great to see so many young people signed up to the PAFC education programme and be really enthused about what is on offer for them. To have the first-team manager Derek Adams attend and talk to the young players about his own journey was inspiring.

“There are countless opportunities available for young people at the Trust and the PFA are pleased to be working closely with Argyle Community Trust to support learners through their journey."

The morning was completed by the Q&A session with Argyle manager Derek Adams, providing the students with a unique insight into his experiences as a player, coach and manager.

After a well deserved lunch, the players took part in a fitness-based water polo session and a series of Futsal matches, giving them the full spectrum of what to expect when their course commences in September.

A big thank-you to the PFA and ULF for their excellent support for the Trust and to find out more about the fantastic education programmes available with Argyle Community Trust, give us a call on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email


Jul 19, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Ladies Showing IntentPLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies are rivalling their male counterparts in terms of new recruits after an extremely busy summer of recruitment.

The Ladies have retained 12 members of the squad from last season, including talismanic captain Katie Middleton, vice-captain Becky Atkins, who scored in the win over Marine Academy Plymouth to secure the Devon FA County Cup back in May.

Mollie Taylor and Dani Salt also scored in that thrilling 3-2 victory at Coach Road, and both players are among those staying for the new campaign. Goalkeeper Michaela Phillips has also signed and we are boosted by the return to fitness of Kayley Lane.

We are also very excited to have signed Dani Barr from Exeter City Ladies and four former Yeovil Town Players, Nicola Brown, Jessie Boston, Ebony Dover and Amber Guy-Kemp.

“I am delighted in the signings I have made, it shows the intent and how serious we are in being successful next season,” said manager Dave Leonard. “The new signings have already shown in pre-season training what they can bring to this football club and I am very excited to get started.”

Officials from Plymouth Argyle are in further discussions with a number of other players, as we build our squad to represent the club in the FA Women's Premier League and Devon Women's League.

The club has placed an ethos in youth, as five of the 15 signed are aged between 16 and 21 years old and the creation of our new reserve squad provides these talented footballers with regular football, and a clear pathway to the top.

If any player aged between 16 and 21 would like to attend training as we continue to formalise our squad, please contact club secretary Andrew Bellamy on


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

Kevicc TrainingEARLIER this year, Argyle Community Trust forged a partnership with King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) in Totnes to deliver provide the successful Post-16 Football Education Programme. This week, KEVICC Scholars experienced their first induction session to prepare them for the new course, commencing September 2016.

The induction session focused on a variety of football skills, from technical work to conditioning and enabled the students to gain an insight into their course, which starts in a few months.

One of our new scholars said: “I am so pleased I was able to take part in the induction session earlier this week. It was a really valuable experience and I now feel more comfortable and excited about my course starting this September.”

KEVICC Scholars are being given the unique opportunity to earn, learn and play whilst working alongside and gaining an insight into a professional football club. The sports qualification will stand these 16-18-year-old students in good stead to progress into higher education or employment. The programme also enables talented and enthusiastic young people to improve their own football ability and continue playing at a high level.

Previous football scholars who participated in a similar programme have been able to progress into higher professional football and work overseas, whilst others have began working within the sport industry.

There are still a few spaces available on the Plymouth Argyle Football Education programmes. Young people can participate in regular Futsal and 11-a-side games during the football season against other teams throughout Devon and Cornwall. To get involved and find out more information, contact Ryan Yeoman on or 01752 562561 ext 4.


Jul 13, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Ability Counts PresentationTHE busy programme of football keeps on going through the summer with Argyle Community Trust and our triumphant Ability Counts squad is always looking for new faces.

After a season laden with trophies, Argyle have built a comfortable and enjoyable environment for footballers with disabilities to display their talents.

We offer sessions for juniors and adults, with the main emphasis on providing access to the game for as many people as possible. We want players of all ages, ability and experience to get involved.

Sessions for footballers with disabilities are held every Tuesday evening at Lipson Community College, 5-6pm for juniors and 7.30-8.30pm for adults, and just £4 per session.

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


Jul 12, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

ARGYLE Community Trust is joining forces with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and Union Learn Funding (ULF) to deliver a brand new programme combining football and education.

Achievement Through Sport works closely with football clubs and their Community Trusts to assist them in promoting the learning agenda to the wider community, including certain disadvantaged or ‘hard to reach’ people in society such as those facing redundancy, the digitally excluded and the elderly.

The group will enjoy a day comprising an education workshop delivered by the PFA, course introduction and expectations, fitness testing, water rehabilitation session and coaching workshop.

The PFA’s Riz Rehman said: “We are pleased to be working with Argyle Community Trust to enhance their educational programmes and provide opportunities for young people to access a higher level of education. The Trust deliver some fantastic work across Devon and we are pleased to be partnering with them to reach out to as many young people as possible.”

Argyle Community Trust Manager Mark Lovell added: “The rationale behind this project is to bring people together in celebrating their achievements, as we continue to mix football and education in the quest to engage potential players into learning.

“We hope that by providing the opportunity for them to meet the staff at a professional football club to share best practises, the programme will open the door to accessing education through Plymouth Argyle.

“Elements of the project will mirror that of a pre-season briefing for a professional football team, providing insight into this unique environment.”

Achievement Through Sport has been made possible by funding from the PFA and ULF, and Argyle Community Trust is delighted to be part of the project.


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

ARGYLE Community Trust will deliver Short Break sessions for young people with a disability throughout the summer holidays.

Every Monday and Tuesday from 9am – Midday, our Short Breaks will involve fun-filled football sessions, stadium tours, smoothie making, table tennis, wii fit activities, games consoles and many more fun activities.

Working closely in partnership with Plymouth City Council, the Trust aims to give carers respite but to also offer new opportunities to young people they may never have experienced in the past.

Each day sees the youngsters taking part in fun-filled sport sessions, aimed at improving their basic skills whilst making new friends. The courses, full of mini-games and technique workshops, sees each participant work with Argyle coaches, giving them a unique experience of what it is like to be a professional ‘Pilgrim’.

To compliment practical sport sessions, each participant takes part in exciting workshops aimed at improving their understanding of both the game, as well as the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. Skills that will be introduced include smoothie making classes, kit design and basic first aid tips.

Find out more by contacting our Health & Disability Officer Josh Grant on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email


Jul 6, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

ACTIVE Argyle is all about offering fitness opportunities to people aged 14 or older and with a disability.

Ranging from Football to Boxercise, Active Argyle aims to open an innovative sports programme to engage young people with a disability. From 4.45 to 6pm every Monday, young people will be able to participate and learn a new sport, whilst playing alongside their peers and building up friendships.

Argyle introduces this programme in partnership with Active Devon and Plymouth City Council. Active Devon is a network promoting a healthier and active lifestyle to many people across Devon, and work to encourage similar programmes elsewhere.

Launching on July 25th, don’t miss out on your first free session at Argyle’s New Multi-Sport Programme. For more information or for any questions, contact the trust 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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