ARGYLE Community Trust has successfully landed the license from the Football Association to run the Disability Player Development Centre (PDC) for Devon.
The PDC is a unique opportunity for players that have been identified by our coaches from around the county to attend the first step of the ladder for progressing to national football within their specified disability.
The centre is there to inspire players and to help apply in-depth coaching, meeting the needs of the players to develop and progress into regional and national talent camps. The opportunity is fantastic for young people who are currently participating in disability football to have the opportunity to see progression routes similarly to able international players.
Devon has seen some great success stories within disability football over the past five years with a very strong foundation of community clubs hosting disability teams. The introduction of the development centre will help young players have more coaching contact time to harness their development with the aim of progressing into national football.
Head of Community Mark Lovell said: “It is great that we have been fortunate enough to have a PD Centre in Devon which will provide progression routes into the national set-up and also mainstream football throughout the county.
"Our aim is to work with all local community clubs to provide these progression links it is also important to highlight that these centre do not affect players continue to play for their local teams; this is something we actively encourage.“