Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy not only celebrated the upcoming talent of football stars on the pitch, but also for those looking to break into a career in sport. Plymouth Argyle FC teamed up with the Devon County Football Association, Plymouth Hope, the FA Coach Mentor Programme and the Argyle Community Trust to host a celebratory evening in recognition of Black History Month.
Children and young adults were invited to attend a pre-match workshop to find out about the opportunities in football coaching, volunteering, education and careers in sport. “Celebrating Diversity in the local community” was a key element to the evening with mentors offering advice and tips on how to get on in the industry.
Welcomed by Club CEO, Michael Dunford, the three-hour event brought together the local community, guest speakers and former players to recognise the multi-cultural and diverse football history. Those in attendance were provided with an update on the BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) inclusion initiatives that are currently being run on a local and national level, in addition to an update on the changes that have been made to The FA’s coaching pathway.
The night also provided networking opportunities for the region’s BAME coaches and, as part of The FA’s Coach Mentor programme, coaches were offered on-the-ground support to assist in their development. The free ticketed event was for aspiring coaches and included entry to the workshop celebrating Black History Month, a match ticket and buffet.
Also in attendance were Plymouth Argyle’s Club Secretary Zac Newton and Director James Brent.