PLYMOUTH Argyle Supporters Training and Development Trust are donating £11,875 to the Argyle Community Trust for assistance with four 2014 projects.The programmes, which aim to make a substantial impact on grassroots football and sport in schools and at local club level, are:
Fit 4 Schools
A programme aimed at primary schools in line with Government agenda on promoting healthy living and active participation in sport, helping to tackle issues such as childhood obesity. Argyle Community Trust coaches will visit schools in Devon and Cornwall to hold sessions on football skills, health and how to keep fit. The hope is that the programme will encourage children to remain in sport post education.
13-17 Grass Roots Coaching
This project aims to develop a coaching centre for 14-17 year olds in Plymouth to provide football development outside of their school and local football club environment. Sport England reports that many children drop out of active participation in sport at 14 and the aims behind establishing the centre is that young athletes will stay in sport by providing access to high-end coaching across a wide range. The centre will be open to people in Plymouth and surrounding areas, including Saltash, Tavistock and Ivybridge.
Disability Schools Programme
Argyle Community Trust will develop a programme of disability football sessions for all Special Education Needs Schools in Devon and Cornwall run by UEFA-qualified coaches, all of who have valuable experience in working with people with disabilities.
Summer Soccer Schools
Argyle Community Trust will set up 60 coaching days across Devon and Cornwall during the summer holidays, aimed at 4-13 year-olds. These will help improve grass roots football skills and be linked to a local charter-standard football club which will help raise the profile of the clubs and encourage young people to get involved with them.
PAST&DT are delighted to be able to continue to work with Plymouth Argyle Football in the Community Trust in improving the coaching available to youngsters throughout Devon and Cornwall.
Mark Lovell, Head of the Argyle Community Trust, said: “The generous donation will allow the Community Trust to engage with even more young people across Devon and Cornwall by enabling more young people to enrol on football courses across the region.
“We will also be able to fund elements of the Disability Programme and ensure that schoolchildren benefit from coaching and education in healthy eating and lifestyle.
“Everyone involved at the Community Trust would like to thank the PAST&D Trust for their continued support over the past two years – without their generous contributions and support, we would not be able to reach to as many parts of the community as we would like.
“The support of the PAST&D Trust has allowed us to develop sustainable provisions across Devon and Cornwall. With this recent donation, this will help enhance some of our core provisions and to target audiences that may have not had the access to football or may have dropped out of the grassroots game.
“We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Plymouth Argyle Supporters and Development Trust.”