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Students from Plympton Academy have been selected to be Football Activators in the girl’s football club!

Plympton Academy Football Activators from left to right: Leah Nelson, Rachael Easterbrook, Joanna Hore, Millie Simon, Lucy Packer and Evie Saunders.

Six students from Plympton Academy have been selected to be Football Activators to lead the girl’s football club at the school.

The Year 8 students are responsible for running the club; including planning, promoting, organising training and recruiting new members. They have been chosen because of their performance in PE lessons, their commitment to the extra-curricular programme and because they are role models to other students.

"The best thing about being a Football Activator is being able to help others while being a sports leader in football,” said Millie Simon. “I love showing people how they can transfer skills from other sports and activities in to football; it’s not as difficult as they first think."

"I love having the opportunity to encourage and motivate others,” said fellow Football Activator, Leah Nelson.

This new initiative follows on from the success of the school’s Football Academy and the new 3G pitch.

Football is a popular sport for both girls and boys at Plympton Academy. Ninety girls are taking the Youth Sports Award Girls Football Leadership qualification and are working towards leading a primary schools football festival at the school later this year and achieving the nationally recognised qualification through their core PE lessons.

The six Football Activators recently attended a course in Bodmin led by the Youth Sport Trust and Football Association.

“They are now ready to take responsibility for increasing the level and standard of girls’ participation in football and to support the development of character skills,” said PE teacher, Kirsty Luke.

Student and Football Activator Evie Saunders said: "I feel so proud to be a Football Activator because I don't play football for a club. But I can still inspire and engage girls through my commitment and passion for PE and Sport."