Limbo Land for the Ladies
While full professional football continues and the Argyle Academy can return for all age groups in early March, the wait goes on for Plymouth Argyle Women FC.
Fixtures in the FA Women’s National League Southern Division have now been suspended since before Christmas and, realistically, it is hard to picture a scenario where the league campaign will be completed.
Argyle manager Ryan Perks is expecting more definite news in the next fortnight but there is hope for some cup competitions to resume.
“The League had a meeting with the FA at the end of February and we believe concrete information will be sent to clubs by the middle of March,” said Ryan.
“A lot of our planning has turned to next season but we are more hopeful of the FA Cup and Devon Cup continuing, which will mean some competitive fixtures for the players. If the League cancels, there will possibly be time for the Devon Cup to be played.
“Full training can’t resume for the ladies until 29 March but we are increasing the intensity of what the players are doing individually. They’ve been set a 6km run this week, a Pilates session and more work to do each week.”
Away from the football pitch, many of the young Argyle Women squad are students, but there are also some interesting occupations within the Pilgrim dressing room.
“We’ve obviously got a lot of players still in education but we also have a teacher at high school, and a physiotherapist with the NHS,” added Ryan.
“Two of the girls work in financial services, one player works for a homeless charity and we even have one of our youngsters who earns a few quid in an ice cream shop.”
Coming soon on www.pafc.co.uk we will be running a regular feature on the day-jobs for Argyle Ladies and they combine that with football commitments.