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Argyle first team support Trust work in the community

Argyle first-team stars have given a huge boost to the community work of the Trust by nominating themselves as Community Ambassadors. These newly created roles will enhance the incredible support already given by the club by allocating players to dedicated areas within the Trust’s community work.

The special initiative, set up through First Team Manager Steven Schumacher, Club Captain Joe Edwards, and Club Ambassador Gary Sawyer, was identified through discussions with players who expressed a desire to be more involved in the community and offer support for specific Trust initiatives that were close to their hearts. Duties will include getting involved in the community to inspire and support, volunteering at events, taking part in sport sessions, using the power of the Club to promote and celebrate the work of the Trust, and enhance experiences for our community.

Community Ambassadors will work closely with staff at the Trust to identify opportunities to attend events and support initiatives to make a positive and extra special difference to the people we proudly serve – many of whom are members of the Green Army!

Defender Brendan Galloway and midfielder Adam Randell have chosen to be Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) Ambassadors and will support important initiatives like the LGBTQ+ football team, one of the first in the country, and our work with Show Racism the Red Card – among many others. The Trust has a long and proud history of removing barriers to participation and providing a safe and inclusive environment for participants. A dedicated ED&I working group, led by Trust Operations Manager Jason Chapman, ensures ED&I is at the forefront of our work.

Club Captain Joe Edwards and Defender James Wilson have elected to be Education Ambassadors which will see them support our thriving Post 16 Football and Education Programme. The programme currently runs in Plymouth, Cornwall, and Newton Abbot providing 16- to 18-year-olds the opportunity to train and play as a football scholar in tandem with academic studies.

Goalkeeper Michael Cooper and forward Ryan Hardie were keen to support our Participation provision having attended many soccer roadshows and events at our home at Manadon in recent years. Participation is an incredibly diverse area of work which includes the Premier League’s Primary Stars programme, physical education sessions in schools, holiday hunger programmes, and our thriving Player Development Pathways for boys and girls.

Forward Niall Ennis and midfielder Mickel Miller chose to support our Community Engagement work, a vital strand of our work aimed at engaging young people in sport. Programmes like Kicks Town uses the power of football and the value of sports participation to help young people in some of the city’s most high-need areas, in many cases changing their life path and giving them new opportunities.

Midfielders Conor Grant and Matt Butcher were keen to support our Health and Wellbeing remit. Conor has long been a supporter of our Fit Fans programme, aimed at helping fans achieve long-term improvements in weight loss, physical activity, diet, and psychological wellbeing, and will often pop into a session to help motivate the participants.

Midfielder Jordan Houghton and defender Dan Scarr have been particularly impressed with the incredible work of Project 35 our community social impact project, in partnership with Ginsters, aimed at reducing poverty in Devon and Cornwall. The project has already delivered so much in the first six months since its inception, but there are many more initiatives planned for the year ahead and beyond including more fan appeals, education sessions for children and adults, and volunteering opportunities to name but a few.

Gary Sawyer expressed his excitement about this new initiative: “Having spent 17 years as a professional player, I thought I understood what Club Community Organisations did across their local communities. It wasn’t until I made the transition to Club Ambassador that I truly began to understand the extent of work they carry out, and the impact they have on people’s lives.

“Argyle Community Trust staff work tirelessly to create new opportunities for all, and I am incredibly lucky to get the opportunity to be involved in this.

“Seeing people’s faces and the excitement that Trust projects bring is a humbling experience and something I’m proud to be supporting.”

Trust Chief Executive Officer Mark Lovell adds: “We are proud to be the official charity of Plymouth Argyle. Our mission is to inspire and make a positive difference to Devon and Cornwall communities through the power of sport and the brand of Plymouth Argyle Football Club and uphold our visions and values as ‘One Argyle’.

“Argyle has always been a club at the heart of its community, and we are grateful for the support of the club, staff, and players who have always supported our events and projects. It is such an exciting time for everyone involved at Argyle both on and off the pitch and we look forward to working together in the year ahead and make a positive difference to our communities.”

Keep watching the Club and Trust online channels to see first-hand the support of our new Community Ambassadors.

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