DUCHY College, part of The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) and Plymouth Argyle FC have created a new partnership that will help budding coaches and footballers to develop their skills, under the guidance of the League 2 club.
The Football Education Programme, based at Duchy College Stoke Climsland, will cover all aspects of the professional game from nutrition and fitness to injury analysis and coaching. The students will also receive training sessions from a Plymouth Argyle coach and will be able to further develop their skills by undertaking work experience at Argyle’s Home Park stadium.
Curriculum Lead for Sport at TCCG, Kym O’Mara, said: “This is really exciting for us, to partner with Plymouth Argyle and the opportunities this will offer our students is fantastic. The group will study nutrition, fitness testing, analysis and coaching. Plymouth Argyle already have a big community coaching network across Cornwall and West Devon and our students should be involved in helping to deliver those.”
The League 2 club will not only help the students to grow as footballers and coaches but help them to develop their careers by attending various workshops and through work experience at Home Park.
Kym continued: “TCCG is committed to growing the skills of young footballers and coaches in Cornwall; our Camborne Campus is already home to the Football Development Centre which works in partnership with Cornwall FA. I am delighted that we have been able to explore this link with Plymouth Argyle and I hope to grow our relationship in the future.”
Applications for the full-time course, which starts in September, are now being taken. Those who complete the course could progress into a number of key areas in sport and fitness to include coaching, nutrition, injury prevention, teaching or further study.
Football Development Manager at Plymouth Argyle Jason Chapman, said: “Plymouth Argyle Community Trust are delighted to work in partnership with Duchy College on this new and exciting project. By working closely together we will develop and educate young and aspiring footballers both on the pitch and in the classroom.”