Elaine Dalton-Fyfe Appointed Women's General Manager
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Elaine Dalton-Fyfe as Argyle Women General Manager.
Elaine has been a regular at Home Park since joining the Royal Navy and relocating to Plymouth, and brings a wealth of experience and connections to the role at a crucial time for the club, with ambitions to grow the female game in the region.
The General Manager’s primary role will be to build and develop an infrastructure capable of sustaining the long-term growth and success of Argyle Women, and managing relationships and services provided by key partners.
Elaine will lead on activity to increase exposure and revenue, drive up attendance for first-team games, and support players, coaches and other key personnel in the operations of Argyle's ever-growing women's and girls football programme.
Over the past five years, the Argyle Community Trust has made significant progress in removing barriers to participation and providing opportunities for female footballers from the age of four.
The region’s potential has already been identified by the Football Association with the FA Talent Legacy Group setting up partnerships in Plymouth to identify and work with young players. The Argyle Community Trust was recently confirmed as an official FA Emerging Talent Centre for girls aged eight to 16 – all positive steps to help grow the sport in the region.
There have been recent call-ups to the England setup for some of the programme's young talent, including Mia Endacott, Taya Pomfret, Roxy Thomas, with Mia and Mari selected to represent their country following successful trials.
Argyle Women currently play in the FA Women’s National League South under Manager Ryan Perks. Speaking on the appointment, Perks said: “We are so pleased to welcome Elaine to the Argyle family. It is an exciting time for women’s football and the club. Elaine will bring a wealth of experience, connections, and passion. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together.”
Elaine said: “This is an unbelievable opportunity and a dream come true to make a difference and to leave a legacy connected to women’s football. I have been sleeping and dreaming all things women’s football for weeks now.
“I am an Argyle supporter, and the facilities and staff are second-to-none and so are the opportunities. We have a pathway in place to grow and develop the girls, hopefully to the women’s first team.
“This is probably the most exciting time since I’ve been interested in football. The Lionesses are inspirational following the Euros success. These are women and girls that have dedicated their lives to football. If we can pass this on to our communities and young women, we can use this as inspiration.
“The Trust work so hard to remove barriers to participation and we will continue to work hard to promote women’s and girls’ football.”
If you are interested in getting involved in the Women's and Girls' football programme at Argyle, or learning more about how you can support our vision, email email@example.com.