PLYMOUTH Argyle Ability Counts under-16 team has reached the final of the FA People’s Cup following a dramatic tournament in Bristol last weekend.
The team comprising Danny Wotton, Kyle Dorrington, Joshua Knuckey, Spencer Hydes, Callum York and Jake performed superbly on the day to progress against sides from Pinhoe, Dorchester, Troon and Dexter Sports.
Just one defeat in the group stages was enough to book our place in the knock-out competition, where we avoided a strong Dorchester team.
A tie with Pinhoe saw the Pilgrims take an early lead but we were soon pegged back. Neither side could find a decisive winner and it was down to the lottery of penalties. After scoring two of our three penalties, goalkeeper Joshua Knuckey was the hero in producing a marvellous save to book a place in the final against Dorchester.
A fabulous start from Argyle saw Danny Wotton open the scoring, only for Dorchester to hit back with an equaliser. The final whistle was approaching when Callum York made it 2-1 for the Pilgrims but a last-gasp leveller took us back to the shoot-out
A flawless round of penalties led to a sudden death situation and when Dorchester hit the post, Jake stepped forward to calmly slot home the spot-kick that takes us to the National Finals.
To find out more on our Ability Counts Football Programmes, please contact Health and Disability Officer Josh Grant on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
THE Premier League has today launched Premier League Primary Stars, a national curriculum-linked education programme which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
This is the Premier League’s most ambitious community programme to date and aims to support 10,000 primary schools by 2019.
The Premier League Primary Stars resources, have been created in partnership with industry experts Edcoms and the PSHE Association, National Literacy Trust and other key stakeholders. Children’s authors Cressida Cowell (‘How to Train Your Dragon’ series) and Dan Freedman (‘Jamie Johnson’ series) helped create the programme’s English resources, while Sky Sports presenter and mathematician Rachel Riley is a consultant in the development of Maths teaching resources.
This content adds to the existing support professional football clubs provide to primary schools and their local communities and will offer a free downloadable suite of resources for teachers across Key Stages 1 and 2 in English, Maths, PE and PSHE.
The launch of Premier League Primary Stars also sees the Premier League unveil its first ever national advertising campaign which will air from Sunday 2 April across television, cinema, and social media channels. The advert features top Premier League names including Kevin De Bruyne, Gary Cahill, Eric Dier, Sadio Mané, Juan Mata, José Mourinho, and Theo Walcott, who joined children at primary schools across the UK to recite the poem “Try, Try Again” by T.H. Palmer.
Creative agency Y&R London have worked closely with the Premier League to create the advert which is reflective of its recent rebrand, its more inclusive tone of voice, and which highlights core values from the Premier League Primary Stars programme – to be ambitious, connected, fair and inspiring.
Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman, Premier League added: “We are very excited to launch Premier League Primary Stars, our new national education programme that will use the power and popularity of football to inspire children to work hard and enjoy English, Maths and a range of other subjects.
“Our clubs already do great work in primary schools, and Premier League Primary Stars will support and enhance that work with educational resources for teachers, books from celebrated children’s authors, and much more.
“We want to support 10,000 primary schools in England and Wales by 2019 and we hope that our first national TV advertising campaign, including star names from our clubs, will capture the imagination of parents, teachers and children and encourage them to sign-up to Premier League Primary Stars.”
Arsenal footballer, Theo Walcott, who stars in the advertising campaign stated: “As a dad of two boys, I was very keen to support the Premier League’s Primary Stars community programme. I hope this programme can have a very positive influence on the education of young children across the country.”
Rachel Riley, who has helped to create the Premier League Primary Stars maths resources, said: “Maths is a subject that a lot of young people find challenging and is often dismissed as boring. What I love about the resources we’ve developed for the Premier League Primary Stars programme is that it makes maths relevant to children’s everyday lives. “I’ve seen the reaction from children using the lesson plans – they are excited, interested and engaged. I think this is a fantastic programme that will undoubtedly inspire children to learn but also give teachers the tools to be creative with their lessons. Anything that excites primary school children about maths gets a gold star from me.”
To find out more on Primary Stars with Argyle Community Trust, please contact Stewart Walbridge on email@example.com or call 01752 562561 ext.4
ARGYLE Community Trust will be entertaining the maximum number of children, club officials and parents from Youth Football Clubs across the South West for this Saturday's game v Accrington Stanley.
A total of 170 persons will be descending on Home Park at the early hour of 9.30am to enjoy our Match-Day Magic promotion.
We will be welcoming the Youth Football Clubs of Braunton in North Devon, plus Hayle and Newquay in Cornwall.
The day will commence with a talk on the history of Plymouth Argyle and this is followed by Stadium tour. Next on the agenda is a coaching session for the children in the adjacent Life Centre and a buffet for everyone at the same venue.
Finally, the groups will be escorted to our award winning Family Stand to view the game.
A big welcome to everyone.
ARGYLE Community Trust are holding an open session for female footballers in Year 11 and 12, who have an interest in joining our dedicated Girls Football Academy to be run in partnership with City College Plymouth.
The session will be held on Tuesday, April 4 from 2pm – 4.30pm at the Goals Soccer Centre in Plymouth, adjacent to Home Park. The day will be split into a two-hour coaching session and 30 minutes of information on enrolment and the National Citizen Service.
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 and book a place, please contact out PL Girls Officer firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
A FINE weekend for Argyle saw three teams progress to the National Finals of the FA People’s Cup.
A superb performance from the Under-16 Girls from our Advanced Development Centre culminated in a thrilling competition against teams from AFC Bournemouth, Forest Green Rovers, Swindon Town and Eastbourne Borough.
The Girls will be joined in the finals by the Argyle Ladies, who won their five-a-side tournament and the Plymouth Argyle Walking Football squad.
Next on the calendar in an exciting spell for the ADC Girls is a tournament involving four of our age groups on April 11, when we take on teams from Peterborough United and Brentford.
To find out more about the ADC Girls, please contact Bow Jackson on email@example.com or call 01752 562561 ext.4
ARGYLE Community Trust welcomed around 100 applicants for the 2017 National Citizen Service (NCS) to a special Keep Warm event at Plymouth Pavilions.
Young people signed up for the four weeks of adventure met with their NCS Team Leaders and fellow applicants, as the countdown begins to a fantastic summer.
The project is made up of two week-long residential stays, encouraging participants to experience independent living, whilst gaining valuable life skills.
After the two week-long residential trips, each participant will learn valuable work-specific skills and qualifications during a planning week. It is throughout this time each participant has the chance to improve their CV by gaining accreditations, which will help them to deliver a local community Social Action Project (SAP) in the final week.
To find out more about NCS with Argyle, please contact Inclusion Manager Dwain Morgan on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
STANDARDS on and off the pitch was the theme from Argyle’s finest performance of the season in the National Education League.
The Pilgrims travelled to AFC Bournemouth without two key players, including the goalkeeper, as a strict time-keeping rule was enforced, which means playing turning up late on a match-day will not be included in the squad.
The net result was midfielder Alex Lecointe playing as a makeshift goalkeeper and he did a fabulous job in a 2-0 win at Borunemouth’s training base on the Isle of Wight.
After a goalless first period, Jake Anderson broke the deadlock with a bullet free-kick in the top corner on 53 minutes and victory was sealed when Travis Skerton’s shot was saved at the near post, with Tallan Mitchell sweeping home the rebound.
To find out more about the Football Education Programme at Home Park, please contact Lee Britchford on email@example.com or call 01752 562561 ext.4
THE annual Pedal 4 Pounds Charity Bike Ride will set off from Oxford United on April 26, so just a few weeks to go.
We are aiming to break the fantastic 2016 record of raising £18,000 for amazing causes and with just over a month to go, Argyle Community Trust is making their final call for any fit participants and generous sponsors to get involved in this special event.
This year, the annual ride is exploring a new route through the South of England with a Premier League twist, including visits to the stadiums at Southampton, AFC Bournemouth, Reading, Yeovil Town, Exeter City and, lastly, Torquay United.
The ride finishes at Home Park for the final home game of the season against Crewe Alexandra on April 29 after covering a total of 277 miles.
Pedal 4 Pounds raises money for the Chestnut Appeal to support their continuing fight against Prostate Cancer. The event also raises funds for the Green Taverners’ good causes and Argyle Community Trust.
Once again, Target Travel have made a tremendous contribution to the cause, by offering free transportation for all riders to get from Plymouth to Oxford with their team bus. Argyle and the Pedal 4 Pounds events would like to show their utmost appreciation for Target Travel’s continued support for Argyle’s charity events.
Josh Grant, Health and Disability Officer at Argyle, said: "Target Travel have once again strengthened the partnership between themselves and Plymouth Argyle FC by kindly covering the costs of transportation for our Pedal4Pounds charity cycle ride this year. This compassionate offer enables us to keep up our hard work and raise more money for our beneficiaries."
The final call for riders is here.
It costs only £175 to enter, including all accommodation and extra support during the adventure. Participants are required to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship for these charities, however if they’re able to reach over £1,000, riders receive their entry fee back.
Donations for the event are being taken via contact with Josh Grant by email signature. The charities MyDonate Page is also securing donations for the riders this year: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/pedal4pounds2017/389271
Josh continued to say: "I am looking forward to the event and great to welcome a number of new faces this year. We will endeavour to secure an organised event for the riders, so all they have to worry about is the 277 miles of cycling and raising money for the good causes.”
It was the first time our two centres had met on the pitch and the start of a regular fixture cycle, testing these young players in a genuine competitive environment.
Matches were split into games involving players from Years 3 / 4 and Years 1 / 2, and the focus of our team of coaches was on the development of players, looking at how they apply the techniques practised in training in a game environment.
THE LTPD fits within a clear pathway for players in the Plymouth Argyle system, with those excelling at this stage given the chance to progress on to the Centre of Excellence and maybe even the full Academy.
To find out more about our Long Term Player Development Programmes at Argyle Community Trust, please contact Darrel Harris on firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Football Cafe is providing new opportunities for people diagnosed with dementia, creating opportunities for football-loving people to engage with others on a range of fun football-related activities that can help exercise the brain.
As part of the Football Cafe, we are seeking to recruit and train a new team of volunteers, who will work closely with the participants to help them take part in the activities and embrace the whole concept.
Our volunteers will be encouraged to contribute your ideas and help implement football-related activities. We will provide a training / awareness module, lasting around 90 minutes. We are also drafting a Volunteers’ Charter, so everyone understands our approach and aims.
Ideally, we are looking for enthusiastic young volunteers, who have a passion for football and a passion for doing something special in their community.
Plymouth Argyle and Argyle Community Trust has also joined forces with 41 GP surgeries across the region and, with a major sponsor, we are looking to offer a ‘Football Friend’ package, where our volunteers will team up with a group of football supporters living with dementia to attend first-team games at Home Park.
This will be for seven selected home matches across the season, dependent on the availability of the volunteer, so we can ensure participants build a strong relationship with their ‘football friend’.
As a football club, we are extremely proud to be the pioneers in a project of this type, working closely with GP surgeries in the Plymouth area to offer something new and enterprising for people living with dementia.
It is a fantastic opportunity to make a significant different to someone’s life. To find out more, please contact Anne Smith on email@example.com or call 07812 175435.