5SCHOLARS from the Plymouth Argyle Football Education programme are coming to the end of their National Citizen Service (NCS) experience and it has been four special weeks.

After a fantastic week of outdoor education at Bicton College in Exmouth, where the scholars sampled rock climbing, raft building, canoeing, archery and a whole lot more, it was back to familiar ground for a week at the University of St Mark and St John (Marjon).

The time at Marjon was spent working on their football with a series of technical training sessions and a pre-season fixture against Activate Under-18s.

The scholars have now moved on to the delivery of their Social Action Project, which involved an interactive session with enthusiastic toddlers at Flying Starts Nursery.

The scholars were paired up with a pre-school child and each pair given a task, such as making their own paint using water, mud and twigs. We also had tree face painting using clay, house making using tape and twigs, tree climbing and an assault course in woods.

The reaction from the nursery was superb and it was particularly special to see these young scholars, who spend much of their year playing football at a high level and pursuing a BTEC in Sports Development, taking so much enjoyment from the project.

It was a chance to demonstrate the skills they have learned during NCS, undertaking leadership roles, communication and managing behaviour in line with their aspirations for careers in sports coaching.

Congratulations to the scholars and a huge thank-you to Flying Starts Nursery, we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.

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For more information on NCS, please contact Dwain Morgan on dwain.morgan@pafc.co.uk and to discuss our football education programme get in touch with Lee Britchford on lee.britchford@pafc.co.uk

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