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

PL Kicks Academy WebTHE PL Kicks Academy for 2016-17 has been launched with 18 squad players selected from the PL Kicks Satellite Centres in Devon and Cornwall (Tot Hill, Whitleigh, Honicknowle, Stonehouse and Redruth).

It is a huge credit to the chosen 18, who have advanced to the PL Kicks Academy as a reward for their consistent attendance and for displaying a superb attitude during Kicks sessions.

If these players can maintain their progress, the next stage will be representing their Satellite and Plymouth Argyle Football Club in regional competitions, as well as the annual PL Kicks Cup, where we compete against teams from Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and a whole lot more.

Studies have shown that local crime rates lowered by an incredible 70% during PL Kicks session times and Argyle Community Trust is proud to have engaged with thousands of young people aged 8-19 years since the project began in 2009.

PL Kicks sessions are completely free and the current programme is outlined below. For more information, please contact Community Cohesion Officer Dan Hart on

Whitleigh: Sir John Hunt MUGA, PL5 4AA, every Friday from 6-8PM.

Honicknowle: Honicknowle Green, PL5 3PY, every Wednesday and Friday from 6-8PM.

Redruth: Harmony Close, TR15 1ET, every Tuesday from 5:30-7PM and every Friday 6-8PM.

Tot Hill: Community Centre MUGA, PL4 9DA, every Wednesday from 6-7PM.

Stonehouse: Brickfields Sports Centre/ Astro (Winter), PL1 4NE, every Tuesday from 5-6PM.

Kicks Academy- Neutral Venue, Invitation only. Every Monday 5:30-6:30PM.


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

DOUBLES from captain Katie Middleton and Amber Pollock saw Argyle return from East Devon with a comfortable victory over Alphington in their quest to retain the Devon Cup. The reward is a visit to Buckland Athletic on 22nd January who dumped Exeter City out of the competition 1-0.

Argyle took an early lead when Dani Salt ghosted in unmarked to head in an Ebony Dover free kick. Flying winger Pollock then made a great run down the touchline before firing home, and it was Pollock who made it 3-0 at half time with a carbon copy of her first goal to once again produce a clinical finish.

Victory was virtually sealed minutes into the second half when Middleton found herself unmarked to fire in. Two minutes, later the speedy Tori Marks made it 5-0. Striker Natasha Knapman then got in on the act when she raced on to a great ball from Kayleigh Brown to head past the goalkeeper. The lively Knapman was then fouled and Middleton stepped up to convert the spot kick.

Manager Dave Leonard said: “I know all the talk before the match was about who Argyle lost up here a couple of seasons ago, so we knew we had to get a result. We are the holders so we are not going to give it up easy.”

The semi-final make-up is Buckland Athletic versus Plymouth Argyle and last season’s beaten finalists Marine Academy Plymouth up against Plympton who beat Activate 3-1.

Argyle’s second string comfortably saw off Lakeside Athletic to win the three points to remain top of the league. As expected, Argyle went on the attack with Claire Ostle and Katelyn McKane both going close.

Ostle and Mollie Taylor both had good efforts saved before Ostle set up Katrina Plues to open the scoring. More chances came and went before Gabi Alphous headed wide but the same player quickly made amends when she raced on to a Mollie Taylor through ball to make it 2-0 from the edge of the penalty area.

Taylor and then Ostle had shots saved before Alphous saw another effort go close. Alphous then showed tenacity by winning a challenge before racing clear for the third goal. Lakeside made sporadic breaks which were quickly snuffed out.

Mollie Taylor and Summer Taylor had shots saved before Summer Taylor raced on to a through ball to fire in the next goal. Alphous and the unfortunate Ostle went close before Katherine Endacott made it 5-0 at half time when the Lakeside goalkeeper let the ball go through her hands.

Victory was virtually sealed early in the second half when Summer Taylor scored her second goal. After going close captain Alex Hugh headed in a well placed McKane corner. Alphous pounced to score the next after Summer Taylor’s shot had been saved.

Alphous twice went close with Summer Taylor having her low shot pushed on to a post by goalkeeper Georgia Froggatt. Lakeside efforts were finally rewarded when Samantha Kotlinska raced on to a through ball to let fly. Goalkeeper Jess Fox made a valiant effort to save the shot but the ball looped into the far corner of the net.

Alphous made it 9-1 with McKane scoring direct from a corner leaving Alphous to complete her five-goal haul by netting the final goal.


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

Torpoint College PresentationWE are delighted to announce that Torpoint Community College has been awarded NCS Champion School Status for their outstanding work on the National Citizen Service programme.

Matt Evans from Torpoint Community College was presented with the award at Home Park by Argyle Community Trust coach Ben Cross, a former student at the College and a NCS graduate.

Champion School status is awarded to local schools who have thoroughly embraced NCS and the ethos of delivering Social Action Projects. It is a measure of their achievement that only six other schools in Devon and Cornwall have met the criteria to receive this award.

Torpoint Community College has worked in partnership with Argyle Community Trust in establishing engaging recruitment events for potential participants and parents, as well as providing ongoing support for NCS.

We would like to thank Mr Evans and Torpoint Community College for their wonderful support, and we look forward to sharing more NCS success in the future.

The National Citizen Service is a government run-initiative which is delivered to schools and young people across Plymouth by Argyle Community Trust. The programme is aimed at 15-17 year-old individuals to build their employability skills whilst having fun and forging new friendships.

To find out more about NCS and the 2017 programme, please contact or call 01752 562561 ext.4


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

Plympton Academy LaunchTHE wheels are already turning in enthusiastic fashion for the brand new Football Education partnership between Plymouth Argyle and Plympton Academy.

We were delighted with the terrific response to our initial Open Evening at Plympton Academy on Thursday evening, with parents and players meeting Argyle staff to learn more about the educational and football opportunities available.

The collaboration provides an exciting and innovative learning opportunity where students can study at Post 16 level alongside developing their Football skills within the Academy.  

The academy offers those with a passion for football to combine study pathways, whilst gaining regular professional training and development from a professional football club.

Students will have access to a Plymouth Argyle UEFA B Qualified coach, engaging in high-quality, professional training sessions geared towards developing both tactical and technical awareness of the game, as well as competing in ESFA U18 School Leagues and Cup fixtures.

To find out more, please contact or call 01752 562561 ext.4


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

IMG_2831THE October National Citizen Service (NCS) Programme concluded with yet another fantastic graduation ceremony.

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The ceremony was held in the Green Taverners Suite at Plymouth Argyle, who provided an excellent meal and entertainment for 69 graduates, plus their guests. James Carter helped celebrate the end of NCS October by playing his music throughout the evening. NCS Graduates, their families and their team leaders had a two course dinner together whilst sharing stories and saying their final farewells. Throughout the evening, the graduates had the opportunity to sign up as an assistant team leader for NCS Summer 2017.

NCS October is traditionally a smaller programme, consisting of a four-day residential in Weymouth and Portland and a three-day SAP Project at PAFC. In Weymouth and Portland, individuals took part in adventurous activities, such as mountain biking and kayaking.

For the SAP Projects, Dwain Morgan, Argyle’s NCS Spokesman, said: “Two group’s SAP Projects were to create a sensory garden for a blind care home, using different texture, smells, feels and tastes. The Sensory Garden is not finished to leave a legacy, and a continuing project for future NCS projects. It was such a fantastic SAP and it was great to see new ideas from our October participants.

“Each individual represented their families and schools very well. It was brilliant to see everyone come together and we’re already looking forward to NCS Summer 2017.”

To get involved in NCS Summer 2017 and join the 275,000 young people who have already said yes to NCS, sign up online or contact Dwain Morgan at  or call 01752 562561 ext.4

By Annie Lewis


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

ARGYLE Community Trust’s new Under 13s and 14s Netball team have successfully taken part in the Plymouth and District Junior Netball League, at Plymouth Life centre.

The two netball teams are part of Argyle’s PL4Sport programme, which aims to offer young people across Plymouth the opportunity to get involved and learn up to twelve different sports. Argyle delivers a range of sport sessions, from Badminton to Athletics. These sessions are open to anyone from 12-25 years old and aim to provide a relaxed social environment, as well as an educational aspect on each sport.

Argyle’s Under 13s team have been training together since the summer and have recently taken part in competitive netball matches throughout Plymouth. “After the successful formation of Argyle’s PL4 Sport Netball team last year, the new under 13s was a logical progression following the now under 14s team moving up an age group,” said Ryan Hooper, the programme manager of PL4 Sport at Home Park.

“It was great to see a large amount of girls playing a form of competitive netball, which they may never have had the chance to do, prior to the formation of the programme.” Ryan continued.

The Under 14s team, who have trained together for over a year, have made a steady start to the league.

“I’m sure both teams will have a successful but challenging season in the Plymouth and District Junior Netball League,” Ryan commented. “Regardless of results, the fact that so many young girls have the chance to represent their local football club in competitive sport is a success in itself.”

Argyle’s Netball teams are welcoming new members who are under 13 and 14 to come and play with their team. Please contact Ryan Hooper on

By Annie Lewis


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

FOLLOWING last week’s FA Cup win over Basingstoke, Argyle ladies turn their attention to the defence of the Devon Senior Cup with a visit to Alphington.

The net result was Argyle receiving £600 for winning their fourth qualifying round tie as well as being able to pocket a further £800 for receiving a first round bye. Argyle won't know their next opponents until after the first round takes place on 4th December with a prize of £900 on offer for the winners of round two.

The Lady Pilgrims, who are County cup champions following their victory over Marine Academy Plymouth last season have a score to settle, as they were surprisingly dumped out of the competition 1-0 by Alphington in the 2014/15 season.

Manager Dave Leonard has been delighted with the response his charges have shown on the training pitch by saying: “We had 32 girls at the training session, I think that is the most we have ever had. Their attitude and application is fantastic, they are absolutely buzzing and I have nothing but admiration for them.

“We are looking forward to this cup tie as it will help take our mind off the FA Cup and or Premier League South Western Division campaign.

“It was imperative that we had a reserve team. We needed a natural progression from our youth players through to the first team. We had over 100 players from our under 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s along with our first and second team players at training, that augers well for the future.”

Leonard welcomes back Mollie Taylor this weekend, who has returned from having an operation and revealed that he has a fully-fit squad to choose from. Argyle then have a two-week break before they face arguably their toughest match of the season when they travel to Chichester City, the only team to have beaten them this season.

Argyle’s second string had their Devon League match at the University of Exeter called off due to bad weather last Sunday but should have no problems this Sunday as they receive Lakeside Athletic at Marjon with a 2:30pm kick off – looking to complete the double.


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

ARGLYE maintained their excellent start to the National Education League with a 3-1 victory at Portsmouth on Wednesday.

The Pilgrims started brightly, opening the scoring when a delightful free-kick from Fletcher Cook forced a fine save by the home ‘keeper but Alex Mills was on hand to slot in the rebound.

Portsmouth responded with a good header to make the half-time score 1-1 but the lead was restored when Cook again produced a delicious free-kick, this time hitting the post and Mills was again in the right place to score from close-range.

The win was sealed by a lovely individual goal from Morgan Parsonage and a super away performance before we welcome Crystal Palace at home next week.

To find out more about the Argyle Football Education Programme, please contact or call 01752 562561 ext.4


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

GIVEN the serious information that continues to come to light regarding child abuse in football, The FA has commissioned a dedicated NSPCC helpline for adults who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood within the football industry.

The launch of the free, independent helpline follows former footballers Andy Woodward, Steve Walters, Paul Stewart and David White bravely speaking out about the abuse they suffered as young footballers.

Staffed by independent, experienced NSPCC professionals, the helpline will offer support and guidance for adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse within the game at all levels from grassroots to Premier League and is a safe space for any further whistleblowing.

The helpline will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 023 2642.

Trained staff will offer support, advice and guidance, and will refer cases on to the police or other agencies as appropriate, such as if a child is in immediate danger.

Referrals of concerns about recent and non-recent abuse should continue to be made directly via the designated persons’ network in football, or directly to The FA’s safeguarding team via and a safeguarding professional from the team will make contact .


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

MARJON University men’s 1st team enjoyed winning third successive game as they beat Cardiff University 3-0.

Marjon hosted Cardiff Uni in the BUCS Cup with a 4pm kick off under the lights. Marjon started the brightest with good team pressing and some very powerful forward play. Some fine quick football in the attacking third gave Marjons the first opportunity to score with Callum Thompson going close.

Five minutes later, some fine play from Ruben Kane, Thompson turned provider to set up Liam Prynn for Marjon’s first goal.

George Birkbeck, Ollie 'Murs' Woolland and captain Ryan Tetley were looking strong at the back and in control. Marjon won a corner where Kane turned provider with a well worked delivery for Thompson to score a very good goal.

Cardiff then turned the heat up but only to be denied by great team defending and excellent wide support from Pete lreland and Kyle Marks.

The third goal was a classic, as Louis Irwin latched on to a ball over the top and from 25 yards hit a half volley into the top corner – goal of the season contender.

With the score 3-0 at half time, manager Gary Jeffery asked his team to control the game, press harder and use-game management to win the tie. The Marjons manger was very happy as his side saw out the rest of the game with domination of the ball, and no injury scares.

Man of the match – Ruben Kane



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