ARGYLE’S successful Walking Football programme is making a real difference to the lives of men rediscovering their love of the game.
Staged every Monday at the Goals Soccer Centre in Plymouth and with Walking Football also running at two Cornwall centres, this new sport is ideally suited to men over the age of 35 who want to stay fit with the game they love.
Military veteran Tony Wills was introduced to Walking Football through a Help for Heroes scheme and it has proven to be a valuable tool in his battle against a debilitating condition.
“The H4H Walking Football Programme has been very beneficial to me personally as it reintroduced me back into a competitive sport that I've always loved but, through injury, wasn’t able to play regularly,” said Tony.
“I'm diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress disorder with symptoms like flashbacks, memory loss, depression, lack of self worth etc etc. The list goes on but one of the best things to help is exercise, as it gets rid of unwanted aggression and it also helps remind you that you were good at something once.
“Veterans love being part of a team and tend to operate better within that kind of environment, so that is another massive plus for the walking football programme.
“The fortnightly sessions introduced me to walking football outside of H4H and under the guidance of Josh and Mickey, who are very approachable and are a credit to the Argyle Community Trust.”
For more information about Walking Football, please contact Health and Disability Officer Josh Grant on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
FIVE goals from Gabi Alphous helped Argyle’s second string to move inexorably towards promotion with this impressive victory over visitors Plainmoor. In fairness to the visitors they battled all the way despite being camped in their own half for most of the match and are to be credited for their sporting approach to the game.
On a miserable afternoon, Argyle set out their stall early and were ahead inside five minutes. After captain Alex Hugh had gone close, her next effort from outside the penalty area flew into the net. Three minutes later and Hugh made it 2-0 by heading in Katelyn McKane's well placed corner.
Alphous opened her account with a terrific chip over the goalkeeper. Summer Taylor saw her header superbly saved by goalkeeper Hannah Rowan-Dumont as did Alphous before Darcey Hepworth added the next when in the 18th minute she fired in from distance.
The barrage continued as the goalkeeper made a double save to deny Alphous and Lennon Lewis. Five minutes later Armanie Crabtree ran on to a through ball to provide a crisp finish. The next goal came from Lennon Lewis who got on the end of a cross. Alphous then had another effort saved before Summer Taylor set up Alphous for another clinical finish. Katherine Endacott and McKane both went close before McKane ran on to a great through ball to fire low into the corner of the net.
Argyle started the second half as they ended the first when within four minutes of the restart a great Endacott cross was tucked away by Alphous from two yards. Two minutes later Taylor found Alphous who controlled the ball well before finding the top corner of the net. Hepworth had a good shot well saved before Alphous raced on to a ball headed forward by Hepworth to produce a clinical finish. Seven minutes later Taylor ran on to a well placed free kick over the defence for her goal. Crabtree then fed Endacott who found the corner of the net with Crabtree then adding her second goal. After an Alphous shot had been saved Lewis raced in to score her second goal leaving the best goal of the game coming a minute from time when Izzy Berks raced through the defence before guiding the ball into the corner of the net.
Reserve team manager Rob Bonney said after the match: “This was our first match for six weeks. The girls have trained hard during this break so it was good to get some game time in at last. We changed personnel and formations several times during the game and the girls adapted and showed their versatility and were rewarded for a very professional display.”
A SIZZLING first-half performance saw Argyle sweep past Fulham in the latest National Education League fixture.
The Pilgrims were outstanding in the early stages, scoring first through Travis Skerton and then Tarran Hames doubled the lead. Skerton added his second and a towering header from Reece Thomson made it 4-0 at the interval.
The visitors improved after the break but Argyle were now in their comfort zone, although the fifth from man of the match Jake Anderson was a delightful free-kick to complete a happy day.
Argyle next face Birmingham, as we look to consolidate our impressive third place in the league. To find out more about the Argyle Football Education programme, please contact Lee Britchford on email@example.com or call 01752 562 561 ext.4
This fabulous piece of equipment was funded by a number of sources, including money raised by participants on Argyle Community Trust’s annual Pedal 4 Pounds charity bike ride
It is fantastic that donors can see what their fundraising efforts can do and the Chestnut Appeal are so very grateful for all the help we receive in the community, you really do make a difference.
This fundraising campaign has meant the Chestnut Appeal are now able to provide the very latest in diagnostic equipment for faster diagnosis of prostate cancer, starting at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
At a cost of £105,000, the MRI-TRUS Fusion state of the art device provides precise targeting and the best possible prostate biopsy currently available. Whether for a first biopsy or as a repeat biopsy, patients have a greater peace of mind knowing that the chance of detecting significant prostate cancer is maximised, whilst minimising the risk of false negative results.
Thank-you to everyone who has contributed through Pedal 4 Pounds and the fundraising continues for Chestnut Appeal, as we prepare for the 2017 charity ride, when we will visit eight professional clubs, including Premier League grounds at Southampton FC and AFC Bournemouth before making our triumphant return to Home Park for the final home game of the season on Saturday, April 29.
Get involved by contacting our Health and Disability Officer Josh Grant on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
ARGYLE Community Trust are continuing their Down’s Syndrome Football Programme this Saturday from 10am to 11am, at Goals Soccer Centre.
The session is packed full of football fun and skill-related games, which primarily focuses on balance and coordination. The session welcomes females and males of all ages to get involved with sport and start new friendships.
Josh Grant, Argyle’s Health and Disability Officer, said: “Our sessions aim to keep our participants as active as possible, whilst still having fun and mixing with new people. It’s great to see so many people having a good time within the programme and we would love to see more getting involved.”
This ongoing programme, which commenced in October, will continue until June. Each session runs once a month and only costs £2 per session.
For any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Josh Grant on 01752 562561 ext 4 or email at email@example.com.
By Annie Lewis
A TEAM from Plymouth Argyle has reached the National Semi-Finals of the FA People’s Cup.
Playing in the Under-16 category for footballers with a disability, the Pilgrim representatives performed brilliantly to win the regional tournament on the weekend.
It was a superb festival of football and we now look forward to the semi-final stage, which will be played over the weekend of March 18 and 19.
To find out more about all our provisions for footballers with a disability, please contact Health and Disability Officer Josh Grant on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
SHORT Breaks is an initiative delivered in partnership between Argyle Community Trust and Plymouth City Council to introduce football to young people with autism, or awaiting diagnosis for autism.
The focus is all about fun and providing a stable environment for the youngsters to enjoy football, while also giving parents and carers some respite.
The positive impact of Short Breaks can be seen in this fantastic feedback we have received from one very proud mum.
“Short breaks has been life changing for our son, it has allowed him to join in, grow in confidence and be part of a team, which is something he has been unable to ever do before.
“As a parent, it is so rewarding to see my child take part in activities that I knew he would love, but was too anxious to do in a mainstream setting. The environment of short breaks allows him to be who he is with no-one judging him.”
Our young participant added: “I never played football until I was 10 as I was too scared. [Coach] Josh [Grant] always looks after me, especially at the beginning when I didn't feel confident to join in. Now I train with the team on a Tuesday and I even scored a hat-trick.
“I couldn't have played football without short breaks running special sessions, so I can play with friends like me.”
To find out more about Short Breaks and all the provisions available with Argyle Community Trust, please contact Health and Disability Officer Josh Grant on email@example.com or call 01752 562561 ext.4
The opening 15 minutes saw little action at either end until Buckland fired the ball against the crossbar. Ezme Wells and Amber Pollock responded with good efforts before a great run and cross by Wells ended with Natasha Knapman having her shot blocked.
Buckland engineered a fast break but goalkeeper Michaela Phillips came to the rescue with a great save. It was the same at the other end when Knapman's shot was superbly saved by goalkeeper Abi Bond with Kayley Lane's follow up effort also saved.
The breakthrough came six minutes before half time when a Kayleigh Brown corner caused havoc in the home defence with Katie Middleton's flick-on header creating an enormous scramble before Lane forced the ball over the goal line.
Just as it looked as if Argyle would go into the half-time break ahead, Helen Kukor took advantage of poor defensive play to guide the ball into the net to draw the teams level. Knapman hit a fierce volley against the bar in a strong start to the second period.
The game changed in the 62nd minute, as Becky Atkins was deemed to be the last player when committing a foul and was red carded, leaving Hayley Chamberlain to convert the spot kick.
Unfortunately, with Argyle throwing caution to the wind, it was no surprise when Buckland broke away with former Pilgrim Laura Gough guiding the ball into the net. Less than thirty seconds later, another break ended with Kirsty Caunter adding a fourth.
Argyle didn't give up with Knapman seeing one shot blocked and another saved. With just three minutes remaining the lively Gabi Alphous pounced to reduce the arrears but by then it was too little too late, as the cup holders exited from the competition.
“Fair play to Buckland, they made it very difficult for us and we wish them well in the final,” said manager Dave Leonard. “I still don't know why or how we lost, I don't know if it was too big for them or why it wasn't there.
“This stop-start season is killing us, as we just cannot get into any sort of rhythm. I told them to not play from the midfield on a difficult pitch but to play in the wide areas. Unfortunately, it is very difficult for players to adapt to that, as it was against our principles.”
Buckland will meet last season’s beaten finalists Marine Academy Plymouth in the final who saw off Plympton 6-1.
THE Plymouth Argyle Futsal squad can clinch the South-West Division title with a victory in their final game against Bristol Rovers this week.
Based at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, the players on our Futsal Education Programme have enjoyed a fantastic campaign, losing just once and impressing everyone across the league with their attacking brand of futsal.
A win over bottom club Bristol Rovers will see us leapfrog Newport Count, Bristol City and Cardiff City, who have all finished their fixtures, to finish top of the division.
Coached by Futsal programme co-ordinator and St Austell midfielder Neil Slateford, the lads have spread the goals this season, with Oscar Fergus and Callum Bertrand contending for the Golden Boot with seven goals each.
The Futsal Education programme at Carn Brea combines futsal and football development with an education programme equivalent to three A-Levels.
To find out more and apply for the 2017 intake, please contact Neil on firstname.lastname@example.org
ARGYLE Community Trust is looking for enthusiastic and forward-thinking coaches to work with young people in Plymouth.
As a registered charity based at Plymouth Argyle Football Club, the Community Trust works with many people across several sectors, where sport has proven to be the ideal tool for creating lasting engagement with youngsters.
Argyle Community Trust sessional staff members are at the heart of this engagement and are valued greatly by the Club. This is a fantastic opportunity to join our team.
Candidates must hold up-to-date qualifications in the following:
· FA Level 2 Coaching Qualification
· Safeguarding Children Certificate
· First Aid Certificate
· Level 1 in another Sports Coaching qualification (preferable)
· Attended FA Youth Award Module One (preferable)
· Must be able to drive
Argyle Community Trust is looking for sessional staff members that can work within the following settings: In-School coaching
After School Clubs
Half Term and Holiday courses
If you think you can add value to our team and have the relevant qualifications, please send in your CV and a covering letter to email@example.com or by post to:
FAO Stewart Walbridge
Argyle Community Trust
An enhanced CRB check and references will be required.