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Aug 31, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

NOW the dust is settling on GCSE results and with many young people still unsure of what path to take, we have an answer full of opportunity.

The Futsal programme based at Carn Brea in Redruth provides accomplished footballers with a chance to improve their skills, while working toward a BTEC Level 3 qualification.

We have seen a number of participants from recent years progress on to higher education and fully-fledged careers in the sports industry.

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.

For more information, please contact Post 16 Sports Education Manager Mike Foley on 07812 523222 or email


Aug 31, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

THE next Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill or Usain Bolt could be under our very noses with the formation of an Argyle Storm Academy for athletics.

The move comes following the merger of the local running club Academy Storm Plymouth and the Argyle Musketeers, an athletics group running, literally, under the umbrella of our Premier League 4Sport initiative.

Both groups are passionate about involving young people in sport, especially running. This is done by inventive sessions that spark interest and inspire kids to be more active. The group is a place to meet new friends and gain skills, whilst taking part in structured coaching sessions with NGB qualified coaches.

The Argyle Storm Academy will launch on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 6pm here at Home Park and will be open to aspiring athletes aged 11 and above.

For more information, please contact Social Inclusion Officer Ryan Hooper on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email



Aug 31, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

IMG_0837ARGYLE Community Trust is delighted to announce the Girls Advanced Development Centre will be back for its third year, and will see the centre increase to four different age groups with the introduction of a new under 10s section.

The Centre, which falls under the Argyle Community Trust team, is now open to talented under 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s, and runs alongside the Devon FA Centre of Excellence. It also boasts close links to the Plymouth Argyle Ladies first team who play in the FA Women’s Premier League Southwest Division One, and the newly established PAFC Ladies Reserve Team. Young females have made the step-up, progressing through the age groups and eventually into the Ladies’ squad in recent times.

We run weekly, from late September to June each year from our base at Ivybridge Community College on the 3G every Wednesday Night 6:30-8:30pm. Matches this year will be contested in a newly formed half-term Elite League, including PL/EFL teams like AFC Bournemouth, Swansea City, Portsmouth, Swindon Town and more, alongside other female represented teams in the local area.

Argyle Community Trust is holding a trial night for the centre at Stoke Damerel Community College on Wednesday 1st September 6-8pm, with all females aged 8-16 free to come and trial to gain a place in the development centre for the upcoming year. The night will consist of small-sided games, so the coaches can gauge ability levels of all potential players (address below):

Stoke Damerel Community College
Somerset Place,

Age Eligibility- Girls under 16 years before 31st August 2016

Should you be successful and gain a place in the centre, below are the term dates for the new season (excluding half terms dates);

Term 1-                7th September to 19th October

Term 2-                2nd November to 7th December

Term 3-                11th January to 8thFebruary

Term 4-                 22nd February to 29th March

Term 5-                 19th April to 24th May     

Term 6-                 7th June to 28thJune

As the centre needs to be self sustaining, with Argyle Community Trust not receiving any grants for this programme, there is a termly charge to all players to cover costs. Information on this will be provided on the trial night.

To gain a place at the trial you must book online using the following link  and choose the Trial option in the drop down menu.

To find out more, please contact Social Inclusion Officer Ryan Hooper on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email


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

EPC PhotoEXETER City Football in the Community and Argyle Community Trust have received a boost to develop Disability Football with a grant from the Wembley National Stadium Trust.

It is great to see the two Football League clubs in Devon joining forces to elevate disability football provision and we both witness the unbridled enthusiasm for the game held by players with disabilities.

Football in the Community Trusts from across the country have been invited to apply for funding to deliver the English Football League Trusts “Every Player Counts” Programme to develop their Disability Football programmes with success for both League 2 clubs.

Both clubs' community departments aim to develop programmes for participants with mental health, deaf and learning disabilities, structuring specific programmes for ladies and children with disabilities. All the community programmes will provide exit routes into Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle’s Ability Counts teams, with newly formed female disability teams at both clubs.

Jamie Vittles (Head of Community at Exeter City Football in the Community) and Mark Lovell (Head of Community at Argyle Community Trust) commented on the great news for their community programmes:

“We are extremely proud of the work already undertaken by Exeter City Football in the Community in promoting and facilitating a range of Disability Football projects,” said Jamie. “The increased funding is fantastic and will allow us to employ a full-time Disability Inclusion Officer who will continue to drive existing projects, as well as provide and support additional opportunities across our region."

Mark Lovell added: “It is a hugely important boost to players with disabilities across our region, opening doors to the beautiful game that enables every corner of society to enjoy football.

“We were delighted with the achievements of our Ability Counts team last season and this funding will provide access for passionate footballers to join a programme that provides clear progression routes for ambitious players in disability football.”

If you’re interested in forming a Disability Football team at your club, or would like further information on Disability Football in Devon, please contact Ashley Harris by email  or phone (01626 323560).


Aug 26, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Argyle v Liverpool 1GCSE STUDENTS looking for new options can find the answer with an extensive Football Development Programme at Plymouth Argyle Football Club.

Our well established course provides participants with a BTEC Level 3 in Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness, a qualification that opens a pathway to higher education and a career in the sports industry.

We are looking for accomplished footballers who want to explore a professional journey that matches their talents with the ball to a passion for learning about the sporting industry.

Your BTEC course will be based at Home Park, harnessing our advanced educational facilities within the grandstand and utilising the real-life benefits that come from studying in the unique environment of a professional football club.

The football element will see participants train throughout the week and opportunities could arise for involvement in the Plymouth Argyle reserve side competing in the South-West Peninsula League, where you could be playing alongside established professionals and Academy players.

We also compete in the National League for Post-16 Football Education programmes, taking on sides from all over the country and including the likes of Chelsea, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and a whole lot more.

The success of our BTEC programme saw us reach a semi-final place against Liverpool in the National competition, while 15 of our studens from this summer earned enough UCAS points to apply for University places on specialist sporting programmes.

The Argyle door for education is open, take your chance by calling Lead Tutor Lee Britchford on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email


Aug 26, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Kevicc TrainingTHE new season is well under way and the Argyle Community Trust Long-Term Player Development programme is ready for kick-off.

A specific step on the football ladder, LTPD centres are a fantastic opportunity for enthusiastic and talented young players to work on technical and tactical aspects of the game under the supervision of our UEFA qualified coaches.

A full schedule for the programme is outlined below and for more information, please contact our Football Development Officer Stewart Walbridge on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email

Plymstock Secondary School
Runs from Monday, September 12
£25 for six weeks

Runs from Thursday, September 8
£30 for seven weeks

Torbridge High School Progression Centre
Runs from Friday, September 9
5 – 6pm
£22 for six weeks
All welcome to join, inclusive session.

Devonport High School
Saturday Morning Development Centre
Runs from Saturday, September 10
10am – 11.30am
£22 for six weeks
All welcome to join, inclusive session.

Goals Soccer Centre
Saturday Morning Development Centre
Runs from Saturday, September 10
10am – 12pm
£5 per session and ongoing through the year, including half-term
All welcome to join, inclusive session.


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

NCS in ActionAMONG the numerous Social Action Projects carried out by participants on our National Citizen Service Programme (NCS) this summer, one particular group showed tremendous versatility in splitting their time between two important local causes.

The youngsters got their hands, feet and clothes dirty for a day of maintenance at the William Sutton Memorial Hall, a local community centre in St Budeaux, as they set about a day of painting, gardening and general graft.

It was then time to emulate our Olympic heroes with a fun run through Central Park, raising money and awareness for the Dash of Silver charity, an organisation dedicated to helping fight cancer in men.

As part of NCS, participants are required to carry out 30 hours of voluntary work in their Social Action project, a great way to end a programme that included residential stays, outdoor activities and fantastic life experiences.

We do have spaces on the NCS programme in October. To find out more, please contact the NCS team of Dwain Morgan and Ryan Yeoman on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email


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

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STUDENTS on the Plymouth Argyle Football Education programme prepared for the new season with a superb double success at their Premier League counterparts from Sunderland.

The Pilgrims were invited to the North-East for a two-day tour that gave them an insight into the glamorous world of a massive football club, competing against some of the best young footballers in a notoriously powerful region for youth football.

The youngsters with Argyle are undertaking a BTEC Level 3 in Sports Development & Coaching, while also benefiting from a full coaching and fixture schedule with our team of UEFA qualified coaches.

“We took 16 lads to Sunderland, 12 of those going into their second year of the programme and four members of the new intake starting in September,” said Lead Coach Lee Hodges. “It’s a totally different environment for the new lads and they all mixed fantastically well.

“We were going into the unknown at Sunderland, playing against boys who haven’t quite made the grade at clubs like Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough. They are obviously good players and we couldn’t possibly know what kind of level we would face.

“Our boys took everything on board that we asked them to do and we spoke about the way we wanted to play, and the finer details to set-pieces and shape, which is all very new to the first-years.

“We had the pleasure of playing at Sunderland’s Academy and the pitches were a whole different level. It looked like astro-turf even though it was grass and the facilities were fantastic. We also had a tour at the Stadium of Light.

“It was great for them to experience a Premier League club and they conducted themselves fantastically well. On the pitch, we were very proud to win both games and this can only propel them forward on the programme.

“They now know what it’s like to play in a professional environment. Our boys are just the same as those at Sunderland; they’ve not made the Academy grade yet but trying to push forward on the football ladder.”

The first game was played on a drizzly afternoon at Sunderland’s Academy of Light and the Pilgrims produced a stunning fightback to shock their illustrious hosts.

A looping finish gave Sunderland an early lead but the leveller was a scorching 25 yard free-kick from Tallan Mitchell. We made a number of substitutions with Charlie Lawrie and Louis Brace making a real impact before fellow replacement Reece Thompson tapped-in the winner from a Jake Anderson corner in injury time.

The boys were back out for a rematch 24 hours later and Sunderland simply could not cope with the swift passing movement from Argyle, as Anderson gave us a deserved lead.

Brace and Lawrie then scored in quick succession to leave the home side floundering. A bullet header from Zak Griffiths made it 4-0 before half-time. A comprehensive win was complete midway through the second half with a long-range drive from Thompson.

To find out more about the Football Education programme with Argyle Community Trust, please contact Lead Tutor and Coach Lee Britchford on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email


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

Ladies Team Photo-1ARGYLE Ladies got their season off to the perfect start with a 6-1 victory away to Shanklin on the opening day of the FAWPL season.

Goals from Lucy Olde, Rebecca Atkins, Ezme Wells 2, Amber Guy-Kemp and Darcey Hepworth gave the scoreline a comfortable feel but with better finishing it could have been a lot more.

With both teams starting nervously, the first chance fell to Argyle on 11 minutes when they were awarded a free-kick in a central position. Katie Middleton stepped up to take it but the keeper easily saved her effort low down.

Argyle nearly fell behind in the 17th minute when a mix up at the back between Olde and keeper Michaela Phillips allowed the Shanklin striker nip in, but luckily her shot ran across the goal-line with Hepworth covering.

The deadlock was broken in the 26th minute following an Atkins corner from the right-hand side. The ball was headed back into the six yard box where Olde was waiting to beat the keeper to the ball to head in.

Argyle increased their lead three minutes before the break when good pressure on the Shanklin defence gave Brown possession in the box. She twisted and turned to get a shot in which deflected up off the defender for Atkins to race on to and head into the net.

It got better for Argyle a minute later when the influential Lane played Brown in down the right who squared it across the box to Guy-Kemp to side-foot the ball home.

Eight minutes after the restart, the Pilgrims made it 4-0 when a through ball from Middleton caused indecision at the back for Shanklin that allowed Wells to intercept the ball and round the keeper for an easy finish. Shanklin pulled a goal back almost immediately with a volley from Kim Arnold.

Neither team created many chances until the72nd minute when a lovely passing move involving Wells and Lane opened up the Shanklin defence, giving Wells an easy finish to make it 5-1.

Argyle completed the scoring in the 76th minute when Brown battled her way into the box and squared for Hepworth to smash the ball into the roof of the net via the near post.

A delighted Argyle Manager, Dave Leonard said after the match: “After a nervous opening to the the game we found our rhythm and once the first goal went in we never looked back. Today’s three points was a result of all the girls' hard work during pre-season and puts them in good stead for a tough campaign.”


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

AS the childhood obesity debate continues, Argyle Community Trust is doing its bit to help by inspiring local kids to get moving more.  

We were delighted to welcome 60 children on our +Sport Move and Learn roadshow this week, providing the youngsters aged from 4-13 years with a chance to enjoy energetic sessions in football, dodgeball and handball.

Our well-earned lunch break was spent with members of the Plymouth Argyle first-team squad, as the children got to ask questions of their favourite Green heroes.

We then moved back to the superb facilities at Goals Soccer Centre for an afternoon of tournaments and certificates for all those involved. We also provided the youngsters with information on the +Sport Move and Learn project, containing fun tips on how to keep active.

To find our more, please contact Football Development Officer Stewart Walbridge on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email



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