Browsing articles from "December, 2016"


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

A PROUD day for Plymouth Argyle, our Advanced Development Centre for Girls and, most importantly, talented young goalkeeper Elena Pearce.

After impressing with her progress at Argyle, Elena was invited to trials for the English Schools’ FA Girls U15 England squad in a game played at Stafford Town FC.

Elena, who attends who attends Roseland Community College, was outstanding in the first-half, blocking a succession of one-on-one situations and impressing everyone with her composure in such a challenging environment.

The second period showed Elena certain areas of her game she needs to work on, such as her goal-kicks but still a fabulous performance, especially when considering Elena had not played a competitive game for six weeks prior to the trial.

Although Elena didn’t make the final 16, the two goalkeepers selected represent Chelsea and Leicester City, which shows the level of quality she is now playing alongside.

We now have a dedicated PL Girls Officer in Bow Jackson and numerous pathways for enthusiastic female footballers to join the beautiful game. To find out more, please contact or call 01752 562561 ext.4


Dec 18, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

THE great bike ride for 2017 is now entering the phase of raising donations for a number of good causes that provide the inspiration for Argyle’s annual Pedal 4 Pounds.

The ride this year will start from Oxford United and we then weave our way down to the south coast, taking in Premier League stadiums at AFC Bournemouth and Southampton before a triumphant return to Home Park for the final home game of the season on April 29.

Pedal 4 Pounds raised an incredible £18,000 last year, providing valuable funds for the Chestnut Appeal in the fight against Prostate Cancer, as well as the Green Taverners’ good causes, and our aim for 2017 is to beat that figure.

We have a dedicated fundraising page and would encourage all riders to set up their donations by clicking the pink button on the right. You can also donate by scrolling down the page.

To join the Pedal 4 Pounds 2017 or find out more about the project, please contact our Health and Disability Officer Josh Grant on or call 01752 562561 ext.4

Pedal4Pounds 2017 entry form


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

ARGYLE stamped their authority over bottom club Crawley Town in the latest round of fixtures from the EFL National Education League.

A 9-0 success keeps the Pilgrims in the top five and an excellent start to the campaign under the guidance of a coaching team comprising Lee Hodges and Matt Scholes.

Striker Alex Mills grabbed a hat-trick against the hapless visitors, and doubles for Sam Morgan, Fletcher Cook and Danny Mills.

To find out more about our Football Education programmes, please contact Lead Tutor Lee Britchford on or call 01752 562561 ext.4


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

ARGYLE Community Trust has joined forces with City College to launch a dedicated Girls Football Academy, with courses commencing in September 2017.

Participants will be offered a range of A Level and BTEC courses to study alongside a thorough football programme, which will include three training sessions each week from our UEFA qualified coaching staff.

We will also enter a team in the EFL National League, competing against education programmes from clubs across the country. The course will not prevent girls from playing at their regular clubs outside of College.

Argyle Community Trust has a proven track record in delivering positive and engaging football education programmes, with many of our former participants progressing to higher education and full careers in the sports industry.

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

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

ARGYLE Community Trust is looking to recruit an NCS Officer. The position is based within Argyle Community Trust’s Social Inclusion team, which will see the post holder undertake a number of duties on National Citizen programme.

Argyle Community Trust, based in Plymouth, have been commissioned to expand the delivery of The National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.

PAFC Application Form

The NCS programme offers 16 and 17 year-olds the opportunity to build skills for future work and life. The scheme aims to bring young people from different backgrounds together to develop leadership, teamwork and communication. The skills learned through NCS are widely documented to have a positive impact on the employability skills of a young person.

The position will be based in Plymouth, however, the role will see you work in parts of Cornwall and Devon dependent on the demands of the programmes. The candidate will be expected to work evenings and weekends and have an understanding of the needs of young people.

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

The candidate must have a good understanding of the Government’s National Citizen Service programme and be able to recruit participants for the programme, lead a number of residential camps and social action projects within the role. An understanding of volunteering and organizing competitions and events is required.

The candidate must also understand the importance of monitoring and evaluation and be confident in ICT and data entry. This is a part of the role which will help develop the Trust’s reports and feedback to its multiple partners. 

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

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

Dwain Morgan
Assistant Community Manager
Argyle Community Trust
Home Park

Closing Date is Thursday, Decem



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

ARGYLE’S run in the EFL National Cup ended with a narrow defeat at Liverpool, the same team to beat us in the semi-finals of last year’s competition.

The heavy defeat back in April was a million miles from this performance, as the Pilgrims pushed their illustrious hosts all the way in an evenly-matched encounter.

Argyle were denied what appeared a clear penalty for a foul by the home goalkeeper and Liverpool snatched victory with a goal on the break.

Although the final result did not go our way, it was a great experience for the players, travelling up the day before and spending the night in local hotel to ensure a completely professional preparation for the game.

To find out more about our Football Education Programmes, please contact or call 01752 562561 ext.4


Dec 8, 2016   //   by Jo Yorke   //   Articles, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

FOLLOWING the news that Plymouth Argyle’s FA Cup replay at Newport County has been switched to December 21st to accommodate TV coverage, we have rescheduled the annual Christmas Cracker extravaganza to Monday, December 19th.

The normal football roadshow will now switch to Wednesday, December 21st and while this situation is beyond our control, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to parents and participants, as festive planning is never easy.

The key attraction of our Christmas Cracker is participation from the entire first-team squad at Argyle and we are grateful to manager Derek Adams for adjusting his schedule to allow this special event to go ahead…youngsters will now get a chance to prepare the players for the big game.

Argyle Community Trust will provide a full refund to anyone booked on the course for the Wednesday, who can’t attend on the Monday.

We will contact directly all participants booked on the original Christmas Cracker but if you have any questions, please contact us on or call 01752 562561 ext.4 


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

THE annual Plymouth Argyle Christmas Carol Service will take place at Home Park on Tuesday, December 13, starting at 7pm.

This terrific traditional event will welcome the South-West Philharmonia and Chorus to the Theatre of Greens for a evening of festive songs and building up to that Christmas spirit.

Admission is completely FREE and Argyle Community Trust would love to see participants and parents from all our programmes come down to PL2 on Tuesday for a special evening.


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

ONCE again, this Saturday's Match-Day Magic is fully booked with Youth Football Clubs descending on Home Park from Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

The clubs enjoying the match day experience are from Bodmin Youth F.C in Cornwall, from Devon we have  Plympton Y.F.C and Tavistock Community Y.F.C, and finally making the long journey from Dorset are Chickerell Y.F.C, who are based in Weymouth.

This is probably the most variable distances that clubs have travelled for our Match Day Magic promotion and Argyle Community Trust would like to give a big welcome to the young children, club officials, parents and friends.

The groups will be arriving at Home Park at 10am for a day that includes a stadium tour, coaching session for the youngsters, buffet lunch for everyone and tickets in our award winning Family Stand.

Another statistic for the day is that since Match Day Magic commenced in the 1990s, there will be a record number of 180 plus attending. We are indebted to the staff at the Goals Centre & the Life Centre for their superb facilities and hospitality.

To find out more about Match-Day Magic, please contact or call 01752 562561 ext.4


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

ARGYLE’S second string continued their impressive form with a superb 11-1 win over previously unbeaten Bideford.

The players had to overcome a strong wind in bitterly cold conditions and it was no surprise that the opening period was a scrappy affair. Argyle started on the front foot with Gabi Alphous going close on two occasions. Argyle were then stunned when a Kaz Parsons free kick bounced down off the crossbar and eventually in to the hands of goalkeeper Jessie Fox.

The deadlock was broken in the 14th minute when the Bideford defence failed to clear and Alphous pounced to give Argyle the lead. Knapman had a lob saved with the lively Izzie Berks firing a snap shot wide and Knapman having a shot blocked and a header going wide.

Argyle made it 2-0 when Summer Taylor found herself unmarked to fire home. The goal of the game came in the 29th minute when Berks cut in from the right, beat two defenders – then the goalkeeper before prodding the ball past another defender.

Six minutes later Summer Taylor set up Katelyn McKane for the next goal, and she was soon adding her second by scoring direct from a corner. Bideford's first real attack saw Lucy Clements race clear to reduce the deficit. Argyle responded when a Knapman lob bounced off the top of the crossbar.

Argyle kept up the pressure in the second half and within a minute of the restart Middleton smashed the ball home when Bideford failed to clear a corner. Five minutes later and Alphous showed her predatory instincts scored from close range. Argyle continued to push for goals with Knapman crossing for McKane to shoot home on the hour mark.

Alphous then completed her hat trick when firing in from 12 yards, as did McKane, who raced on to a Knapman through ball to make it 10-1. The final goal came with seconds to go when Katherine Endacott-Foster slammed the ball into the top corner of the net.

Delighted Argyle manager Rob Benney said: “Sometimes, it’s not about the scoreline, it's about individual and team performance. We saw a lot of what we work on at training which is very pleasing.”



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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