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Football Academy links up with Plymouth Argyle

Left to right: Dwain Morgan (PAFC Social Inclusion Manager), Ryan Yeoman (PAFC Community Cohesion Officer), Lisa Boorman (Plympton Academy Principal), Richard Harvey (Football Academy Lead) and Andy Price (Plympton Academy Director of Sport).

Sixth form students from Plympton Academy with a passion for football now have the chance to develop their skills alongside the South West’s leading football club.

The Football Academy, based at the school, has linked up with Plymouth Argyle Football Club to provide exciting and innovative learning opportunities for its post 16 students, so they can combine formal academic study with gaining regular professional training and development. 

Students will have access to a Plymouth Argyle UEFA B qualified coach, taking part in high quality, professional training sessions geared towards developing both tactical and technical awareness of the game, as well as competing in ESFA U18 School Leagues and Cup fixtures. 

Students will have the opportunity to develop their coaching skills, and study towards a range of coaching and leadership qualifications. Also, as part of the programme, each student will have free entry onto the National Citizen Service programme as part of their development. 

“Argyle Trust is the only provider in Plymouth of this programme which is a Kitemarked government opportunity,” said Football Academy lead, Richard Harvey. “Students will work closely with the School Sports Partnership in developing what we can offer the primary schools in Plympton, across curricular and extra-curricular sporting events.”

As part of the Football Academy students will have the opportunity to take part in work placements within the sports sector. The aim is to develop and enhance their sporting knowledge and personal development that will help them get jobs in the future.