THE Plymouth Argyle Football Education squad will compete in the final of the Devon Midweek Cup after inflicting a heavy defeat on the holders from Dartmouth Royal Naval College.

Despite playing against a physically powerful adult team, the Argyle youngsters really turned on the style in a tremendous victory against very hardworking opponent.

The Pilgrims will now take on Plymouth’s Navy Base in the final to be staged at Coach Road in Newton Abbot on Wednesday, March 21 – kick off 7.15pm.

Before that, however, the education squad travel to Sunderland in the next round of the National Youth Cup and a huge opportunity to progress against a very good side.

Young people aged between 16 and 18 can apply to study on our Football Education Programmes based at Home Park and Carn Brea in Cornwall.

We are hosting player assessment session for the September intake of students later this month. The Home Park assessment session will be on Friday, February 16 at Saltmill in Saltash, 12:45 arrival for a 1pm start. Please contact lee.britchford@pafc.co.uk for more information.

The player assessment session for Cornwall will be staged at Carn Brea on Tuesday, February 13 from 10am – midday. Please contact dan.inch@pafc.co.uk for more information.

The programmes provide talented and enthusiastic youngsters with the opportunity to train and play as a football scholar in tandem with their academic studies. The course sees 16-18 years olds participate in a number of academic studies alongside a football scholarship run by Plymouth Argyle. The programme is designed to give people excellent academic qualifications that can take them into universities, overseas universities, employment and work places.

Both programmes benefit from highly-qualified coaches and players are also given guidance and support by ex-professionals including Lee Hodges and Jamie Day. This programme with Argyle Community Trust is an excellent first step on the way to a career in the sports industry and participants on our course have gone on to study at university, receive football scholarships abroad and be given trials at a host of professional football clubs.

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