The Football Development and Education programme delivered by Argyle Community Trust combines academic study, practical hands-on learning and work experience for anyone aged 16 – 18 years within the exciting environment of football.

Based inside Home Park Stadium, students have access to a purpose-built classrooms and facilities, creating an inspirational learning environment with another site of study based in Cornwall at Carn Brea.

The aim is to provide students with an interest in sport with the skills, experience and qualifications to prepare them for an apprenticeship, university place or employment in the football industry.

Through the programme the Community Trust embrace the values of hard work and togetherness with the capacity to overcome difficulties. Above all, the principles of fair play and dignified behaviour, on and off the field, are instilled to all their students.

Speaking about the course, Post 16 Education Manager Lee Britchford said: “The course offers exciting opportunities for passionate young footballers to combine a comprehensive academic programme with high quality football provision. Our first-class facilities at the new Manadon Sports Hub and Home Park further highlights the exciting opportunities available to prospective students.”

The courses have been designed and created alongside experienced educators, industry experts and ex-professional players to meet the needs of the most demanding sectors and to educate the next generation of talent with the right skill sets, Lee continues to explain:

“We prepare our students not only for life in football but life after it. The Trust has found education and sport a perfect combination, enabling students to work academically towards nationally recognised qualifications and gain great insight into working in the sports industry. We provide opportunities for students to visit and compete against other clubs, even as far afield as America.”

The Trust is committed to enhancing students’ employability skills, which is why students who enrol on to this course have access to valuable work experience in Community or Academy projects. This opportunity allows students to enhance their delivery and skillset, which can assist them in getting a head start in their career path.

Recruitment for the September 2020 intake on the education programme is now well under way and the Trust will be holding an open evening in the family stand at Home Park on Monday, January 27 from 6pm, entrance is through turnstile 21.

For more information on the education programme and the Trust open evening, please contact Lee on

Post 16 Education Programme Open Evening

Date: Monday 27 January 2020

Time: 6pm

Venue: Home Park Stadium – Family Stand

Entrance to the family stand learning zone can be found at turnstile 21 at the Barn Park end of the ground.


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