PLYMOUTH Argyle FC have recently been delivering a fantastic initiative for Schools in Devon and Cornwall through the Premier League School Sport programme, which aims to give a major boost to primary school sport in Devon and Cornwall.
The Premier League, Professional Footballers Association and Football League Trust have invested in the scheme which will allow Plymouth Argyle FC to deliver high quality curriculum time coaching aimed at improving physical literacy and fundamental movement skills.
Community Trust Manager Mark Lovell explained "Involving young people at an early age in sport can have an extremely positive effect on their lives in terms of their health, well-being and raising aspirations. The Premier League School Sport Programme will do just that.”
Primary age children, from 5-11 years, have had the opportunity to receive various sports sessions, ranging from football through to tennis. Sessions have taken place in the school setting during PE lessons and Extracurricular times.
In recent weeks as part of the Academy Under 18’s education and development they have been out delivering lessons with lead staff from the Community Trust to help raise aspirations for young people but to also build the apprentices skill sets and leadership.
“Reaching out to the youngsters of our local community is the fundamental aim of the Community Trust – the funding from Partners will further help us break through any discrimination or social barriers which hinder young people’s development improve PE curriculum provision within local primary schools and help to provide continued professional development for primary school teachers. By utilising the Under 18 players it provides role models for young people and also enables them to ask questions around healthy living and in the other sense it develops the players to help them become better rounded people” explained Mark Lovell.