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Sep 30, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Make Them MoveARGYLE Community Trust is excited to announce that we will be working with Ferrero and the EFL Trust to get kids in Devon and Cornwal moving for the third year.

We’ll be delivering the +Sport Move and Learn Project to 30 primary schools, which encourages children to take part in physical activity, while helping them to understand the importance of a balanced diet and an active lifestyle.

Over the course of six weeks, children from year 5 classes spend 45 minutes in the classroom learning about the body, nutrition and the importance of exercise, through participating in interactive activities. The second half of the 90 minute session is dedicated to playing football, dodgeball or handball, with two weeks spent on each sport.

A spokesperson from Ferrero said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing the +Sport Move & Learn Project to Devon and Cornwall for a third year. Since we piloted the Kinder + Sport initiative in the UK three years ago, we have already moved over 100,000 children from across the country. Active children are more likely to grow into active adults, so we are passionate about inspiring future generations in communities across the UK to get active and live well. The EFL Trust is the perfect partner; football clubs are at the heart of their communities and engage and inspire people from all generations – and this is exactly what we want to do with Kinder + Sport in the UK.”

Argyle Community Trust Health Ambassador and midfielder for the Pilgrims, Graham Carey, is a huge supporter of the Kinder + Sport Move and Learn Project, saying: “It’s vital that we educate children from a young age on a healthy diet and encourage an active lifestyle. The Kinder +Sport Move and Learn Project is a really fun and interactive project engaging thousands of children each year. I’m extremely proud to be able to support such an important programme”.


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

ARGYLE Community Trust this week celebrated the National Citizen Service Graduation Ceremony at Plymouth Guildhall.

The fantastic event provided the opportunity for graduates to meet up with team-mates, their NCS leaders, as well as family and friends. This summer, Argyle saw 273 young people complete the scheme and celebrate their summer of achievement.

Full Gallery of the Event

Guests of Honour, Local MPs Chaz Singh and David Downey, attended the special ceremony, as well as Argyle first-team players Gary Sawyer and Ryan Brunt, who greeted the individuals with their certificates. It was a memorable occasion for Argyle Community Trust to congratulate the 2016 NCS Participants on their outstanding attitude and application towards the programme.

This summer of NCS raised over £4 000 for local charities, such as St Luke’s Hospice, The Neo Natal Unit, The Gold Dust Appeal, CLIC Sargent and many more. The young graduates presented their chosen charities with cheques on stage to celebrate the impressive amount of fundraising achieved this summer.

As well as the 8,190 SAP (Social Action Project) hours spent by young people across the city, who gave back to their own community, they achieved a well-recognised qualification to add to their CV and UCAS applications.

To not miss out on this unforgettable opportunity again, enrol on NCS October with Plymouth Argyle. For just £35, the October programme commences on the 21st October for a four-day stay in Weymouth and then a three-day event to give back to your own community.  

To find out more information and sign up for NCS October, please contact  or call 01752 562561 ext.4


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

DSC_0087THE Plymouth Argyle Football Education programme welcomed illustrious hosts for an intriguing fixture on Wednesday afternoon.

Our counterparts from Chelsea Football Club made the long journey down and it turned out to be a very tight game of football, as neither side could find a breakthrough in a 0-0 draw.

“We had a few injuries and one lad on his driving test, so we entered the game without a recognised striker,” said the coaching team of Lee Hodges and Matt Scholes.

“Like us, Chelsea had won one and lost one, and we knew it would be a close game. The boys worked their socks off and a very even contest. We defended extremely well and, perhaps with some lady luck, could have found the winner but it wasn’t to be.”

To find out more about football education programmes at Home Park, please contact Lead Tutor Lee Britchford on 01752 562561 ext.4 or email


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

Sam BartonTHE journey taken by Sam Barton is a clear example of the professional opportunities available for graduates at Plymouth Argyle.

After partaking in Argyle’s first ever National Citizen Service (NCS), Sam was enlisted onto the education programme, studying for a BTEC Level 3 in Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness.

Sam then enrolled on the BA Hons Football Development and Coaching Degree at the University of St Mark and John (Marjon) after completing his education programme with Argyle. From football finance to practical coaching, the three-year course covered a variety of modules.

“I enjoyed the football and finance module as it enabled me to understand the inner workings of a professional football club, such as Argyle,” said Sam.

“As part of my degree, I did my work experience at the club. This gave me all the experience I needed on the social inclusion side, which was very beneficial to me when I applied for the job at Argyle.

Now, Sam works for Argyle as the Lead Inclusion Coach and he states that “the degree and work experience really helped set me up for my role here.

“Argyle has helped me through my past five years of football education and I am delighted to be working in the team at Argyle Community Trust.”

To find out more about the Argyle degree programme with Marjon, please contact us through  or call 01752 562561 ext.4


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

ARGYLE Community Trust is looking to recruit Primary Stars Lead Delivery staff for a fantastic nationwide scheme being led by the Premier League. The main purpose of the role is to contribute to the delivery of Plymouth Argyle FC Primary Stars, part of the Premier League’s flagship schools programme.

PL Primary Stars Job Specification

The Trust requires a talented coach and officer with proven knowledge and experience of working in a sports development and education environment, to co-ordinate and deliver the Trust’s Premier Leagues Primary Stars programme within Devon and Cornwall. The post-holder will work with the Assistant Community Manager and School and Sports Officer for the overall strategic direction of the Sports Participation Development plan.

The primary focus will be to co-ordinate and deliver high quality PE and school sport within schools with a focus on upskilling teaching and support staff to leave a lasting legacy and ensure that schools are confident and comfortable in providing young people with high quality PE and school sport provision. The post holder will also deliver a number of curriculum based projects that are focussed around other strands of the national curriculum including numeracy and literacy, PSHE, attainment and enrichment programmes using the power of the professional football and brand to engage young people.

The post holder will work closely with the Schools and Participation Officer to ensure the project evolves and to track progress. The post holder will be responsible for developing the digital offer resources for Plymouth Argyle FC, liaise with key partners, managing partnerships, reporting internally and externally on programmes and supporting other aspects of the Community Trust.

The candidate must have good in depth knowledge of the school curriculum and school sport. Previous experience of delivering within a school environment is essential and delivering sports coaching in a wide range of settings, including schools, sports centres and in varied community work for young people aged 3- 14 years old is desirable. We would also expect the candidate to have a number of other sports coaching qualifications and be computer literate.

The post is full time and is offered on a 12 month fixed-term contract.

How to apply

If you can meet the specifications and would like to become part of the Argyle Community Trust team, please send CV and a covering letter to:

Jason Chapman, Assistant Community Manager
Argyle Community Trust
Home Park

Or e-mail

Closing date: for applications: Friday 7th October 12.00pm


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

ARGYLE Community Trust is looking to recruit a Data and Analyst Officer to collate data and identify the impact Argyle Community Trust has on communities, partners and funding groups.

As a registered charity, the Community Trust works in close conjunction with Plymouth Argyle Football Club and with many people across several sectors, where sport has proven to be the ideal tool for creating lasting engagement with youngsters.

The position is new and the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting project staff and programme managers on how to monitor outcomes, track progress, leading learning reviews and communicating results, both internally and externally.

We are looking for candidates who have proven experience of developing and managing social impact monitoring and evaluation systems, and experience of analysing and evaluating data. It is essential that candidates have strong communicating skills, allowing them to be comfortable to present findings and action plans effectively and efficiently. Experience and knowledge in analysing data is essential, along with skills and experience in developing spreadsheets, system monitoring and report development.

The Data and Analyst Officer will manage and compile all data requirements for our programmes and participants. Due to the increased work and potential new projects, the role will be demanding and important for tracking progress, reporting to partners, funders and the professional football club.

The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that the Trust is continually updating data and security policies in line with best practice and our data security policies.

How to apply

If you can meet the specifications and would like to become part of the Argyle Community Trust team, please send CV and a covering letter to:

Mark Lovell
Community Trust Manager
Argyle Community Trust
Home Park
Or e-mail

Closing date for applications: Friday 30th September 2016, 12.00pm


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

Thame UnitedTHE second game of the season for Plymouth Argyle’s first-team squad from the Football Education programme ended in defeat at Wycombe Wanderers and some major lessons learned.

After demolishing Birmingham City on the opening day, this match at Thame United was a repeat of last season’s cup quarter-final, when Argyle triumphed to meet Liverpool in the last four.

It was another close encounter but a needless dismissal gave us a major mountain to climb, and it eventually proved too much.

“It was a good set-up at Thame United and we went there full of confidence after the win over Birmingham,” said head coach Lee Hodges. “We knew Wycombe were a very good side from the game last year.

“We conceded a goal after 10 minutes but then grew back into the game, equalising with an inswinging free-kick from Jake Anderson that flicked off a Wycombe head.

“One of our strikers, Clayton Thomas, was booked for retaliation on the stroke of half-time and I spoke to him about the importance of keeping his discipline. Unfortunately, that wasn’t heeded, as he picked up another booking for kicking out immediately after the interval.

“It’s a big lesson for Clayton because you have to earn the trust of your coach and team-mates. We maintained our shape with ten men but a groin injury to one of our centre-backs 20 minutes from time forced us to change formation.

“We eventually got deeper and conceded a heartbreaker on 90 minutes. It was a horrible way to lose and we naturally piled forward in the dying seconds, but conceded a third on the counter.”

Participants on the Football Education programme study for a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Sports Coaching, while also competing in a league against the top teams from across Southern England.

To find out more about places on the course, please contact Lead Tutor Lee Britchford on or call 01752 562561 ext.4


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

THE Match Day Magic promotion is up and running again this season with the majority of games already fully booked.

The programme is aimed at bringing schools, youth football clubs and other youth organisations to experience  a match day at Home Park, and is now in its 18th season with the popular format unchanged in that time.

Groups of up to 120 persons, which includes the children, school and club officials, parents and siblings, can be accommodated.
1). A welcome and talk on the history of club.
2). Stadium tour to include VIP lounges, Directors Box, Boardroom, dressing rooms and tunnel to pitch side.
3). Coaching session for the children conducted by Argyle Community Trust’s fully qualified coaches.
4). Buffet lunch for everyone.
5). Match tickets in the award winning Family Stand. Activities here for the children to enjoy prior to the game and at half time.

This Saturdays game versus Yeovil Town will see the following visitors from all points of the South West: from North Devon we have Eastside Youth F.C. from Barnstaple and from South Devon, we welcome Stoke Gabriel Youth F.C. From west of the Tamar, we will be entertaining Rosesudgeon Youth FC from Penzance.

However, travelling the furthest are young players and officials from the Scilly Isles Youth FC. They will leave the Scillies on Friday and return on Monday due to the restricted travel facilities to and from the islands. A big welcome to everyone.

Hopefully, we can gain three more points to continue our good start to the season and send everyone home happy.


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

Pilgrim Centre 3THE Pilgrim Centre at Plymouth Argyle Football Club is celebrating its tenth anniversary of delivering educational excellence at Home Park.

Established in April 2006 in partnership with Plymouth City Council as a Playing for Success centre, the facility has grown, taught and built relationships amongst hundreds of people throughout Plymouth, and far beyond.

The Playing for Success programme was a government initiative to provide after-school activities for 9-14 year olds and the Pilgrim Centre was amongst 150 centres built to support school literacy and numeracy skills across the country.

Trevor Lowman, one of the teaching coordinators at the centre, said: “The backdrop of the professional football stadium was a motivational tool to make the original programme such a huge success.”

However, recently, European programmes have become one of the main assets of the Pilgrim Centre. In partnership with the Tellus organisation, the teaching facility receives hundreds of European students each year on placements to mainly improve IT and English language skills. Students from Poland earlier this year said: “We fully appreciate these software lessons as it boosts our functional skills, which we can use back home.”

From GCSE retakes to Year 6 Summer Schools, the Pilgrim Centre offers a wide variety of activities for young people throughout Plymouth and the Pilgrim Centre has now established itself as a training centre for all ages and all nationalities. We offer a highly successful Functional Skills programme, boasting an exceptional 100% pass rate in Level 2.

Throughout the ten years at the Pilgrim Centre, they have managed to branch out to virtually every school in Plymouth to develop individual skills.

It is a proud occasion for Centre Manager Alison Lowman, as she added: “Throughout the 10 years, our programmes have been so diverse that no two days have been alike, except in their scope for learning and levels of success. We are privileged to have been able to work with so many resilient and talented people.”

By Annie Lewis


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

STRIKER Natasha Knapman took her tally to eight goals from the last three games as Argyle fans will wonder how they didn't see their team come away with a double figure win.

This was largely down to the heroics of goalkeeper Abigail Evans who, at times, was all that stood between Argyle’s eager strikers and an absolute goal-fest. Argyle started on the front foot and with wingers Amber Pollock and Ezme Wells hugging the touchline, it soon became obvious that the only tactic the visitors had was to play a high back line in an effort to catch Argyle offside.

This tactic came unstuck when in the fifth minute Pollock skinned her full-back to lay off a great pass to Knapman who fired into the corner of the net from eight yards. Unfortunately, the lead lasted just six minutes when Rianne Lewis was given the freedom of the park in the visitors first meaningful attack to loft goalkeeper Michaela Phillips from distance. Knapman then responded by having a shot diverted and, after Becky Atkins was fouled, captain Kate Middleton saw her free kick deflected wide.

Wells and Pollock continually had the beating of the St Nicholas full-backs but not the assistant referee’s raised flag, with the pair continually being frustrated by not giving themselves five yards to avoid the offsides.

Despite this, Argyle kept up the pressure with Wells cutting in to fire over the crossbar, then Pollock was upended leaving Middleton's free kick being headed wide by Kayleigh Brown. Evans then blocked another Wells effort in a double save before Wells cut inside again only to see her 20 yard effort bounce off the top of the crossbar.

A rare break from the visitors saw them shoot wide but back came Argyle with Pollock crossing to Knapman whose shot was blocked. Darcey Hepworth saw her cross/shot saved with Pollock also being denied by Evans.

Argyle were then denied a run on goal by Amber Pollock when the referee pulled the game back for a foul against St Nicholas which ended with Hepworth and Atkins being shown yellow cards for retaliation.

It took until a minute before half time for Argyle to increase their lead when a great through ball from Mollie Taylor allowed Knapman to race clear and delicately dink the ball over the advancing Evans to make it 2-0. Knapman completed her hat trick three minutes into time added on when she met another Wells cross with a powerful header.

The second half started in a sensational manner when, within a couple of minutes Danni Barr was fouled, leaving Knapman to take the penalty. The striker blasted the ball straight at Evans who parried the ball back to Knapman, who sliced the rebound over the crossbar.

Argyle were now in a rampant mood with Wells shooting wide after racing clear. St Nicholas continued to play a high backline as Knapman put through Brown but once again Evans stood firm. Argyle's next Brown corner was headed narrowly over by substitute Lucy Olde.

Olde headed another Brown corner over the crossbar with the alert Knapman chasing down a poor back pass only to be denied again by Evans. Pollock then just failed to make a decent contact to a great Barr cross. The elusive Wells was once again thwarted by Evans with a Kate Middleton goal bound header blocked but the avalanche of goals would not come.

Another Knapman shot was saved, while a rare St Nicholas attack saw the ball go safely over the Argyle crossbar. Knapman was then denied another goal for a dubious offside decision with Wells ending the game with another shot well saved by the St Nicholas goalkeeper who had a match she will remember for a long time.

Manager Dave Leonard's post-match comment was tinged with frustration as he said: “If we improve our decision making by 50 percent in the final third then we are going to trounce the opposition.

“I keep saying they have to believe how good they are as we are not being ruthless enough. It was an alright performance but we need to be more clinical with our finishing, which will come.”

Next up for Argyle, who are now second, is the visit of Brislington on Sunday.

Tavistock Community 2 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 1

This was not the result the young Pilgrims expected as they failed to build on last week’s big win. The match was a tight affair with not many chances in the first fifteen minutes.

Indeed, the first goal came from Tavistock's first corner when Robyn Hammond was not picked up at the far post to head home. Argyle eventually got their game going and drew level when a Katelyn McKane corner beat everyone to go directly into the net to make it 1-1 at half time.

Argyle started the brighter in the second half, missing two good chances to take the lead. However, they then conceded by giving the ball away, leaving Tavistock to break down the right wing before crossing for a good finish from Becky Turner to take a 2-1 lead. Argyle pushed for the equalising goal but as hard as they tried the goal would not come.

Argyle manager Gary Harris commented after the match: “Better ball retention is needed by the young squad of Pilgrims.”



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