THE Plymouth Argyle Football Education squad based at Home Park has just returned from a fantastic summer tour of the big three clubs in the North-East.

It is all part of the preparation for a full season, where we combine studies toward a BTEC in sport with a full games schedule against professional clubs from across the country.

The young Pilgrims lost their first game to Sunderland in an entertaining 3-2, Ewan Morgan scored both our goals from well worked counter attacks.

The boys were given a food budget for their flat to buy, prepare and cook food as part of the tour, teaching them key life skills as well as a pre-season tour.

We attended the Championship match between Middlesbrough and Burton Albion, big thanks to Middlesbrough Community Trust for the tickets, and then a fantastic tour of Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

We were invited to an Open Day for Newcastle United at St James Park, where the first-team and Academy were training. We also had the pleasure of meeting ex Argyle Manager Bobby Moncur who posed for photos and answered questions from our lads.

The lads performed very well in another high standard game against Sunderland, taking an early lead with a Caleb Summerfield header from a corner. Unfortunately, a strong Sunderland side and a couple of pre-season errors saw the lead slip, but the game still proved a very good exercise for both teams and a good opportunity to impress in front of both coaches.

The week has proved to be a huge success, players showing their ability to manage their own free time, meet deadlines, cook and clean independently (under supervision) and they have represented the Football Club superbly, so all credit must go the the boys.

A big thank you must go to Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Newcastle over the week for their hospitality during the week.

For more information on the range of football education programmes available at Plymouth Argyle and our site in Cornwall, please contact Lead Tutor Lee Britchford on or call 01752 562561 ext.4

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