Plymouth Argyle Community Trust has been functioning since 1992. Originally under the guidance of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) to help raise participation in football and engage with fans and fans for the future. It started as non profit organisation and is now a registered sports charity.
The Trust’s social objectives are for the benefit of everyone in the local community, promoting inclusion; improving health and education through sport; and generally to raise sports participation levels. The Argyle Community Trust aim to have a positive impact on a range of groups within society. They aim to provide the local community with the opportunity to explore their full potential; improve their life chances and increase their future choices and aspirations through the power of football and sport. Argyle Community Trust currently employ over 40 permanent staff members who deliver a number of sports, health, education and inclusive projects across Devon and Cornwall.
Plymouth Argyle FC is involved in a number of national initiatives with key partners such as the Football League Trust, Premier League Charitable Fund, Sport England and other key national agencies. This enables us to provide exposure for BA Football Development and Coaching students in a number of national initiatives including Kicks, PL 4 Sport, National Citizen Service and many more. Giving students access to workshops, practical sessions and planning enables them to utilise these skills and experiences to enhance their employability within football industry within both a national and international context.
There are more than 90 Community Trusts based at football clubs both in professional and non professional clubs with many of them having a large pool of staff in a number of different roles. Through a number of degree programmes Argyle Community Trust has employed 7 graduates from the University of St Mark and St John within the past two years on full time contracts. The foundation for this is due to the exposure students experience within the club whilst at university coupled with the theoretical and applied knowledge from the degree.
There is a true partnership through the BA Football Development & Coaching programme and the Argyle Community Trust. The academic staff at the University of St Mark of St John and the professional staff employed through the Argyle Community Trust ensure that students have both excellent academic and applied industry experience. Argyle ‘s sport development and coaching professionals contribute to a large number of modules and the Argyle Community Trust provides huge opportunities for students to volunteer or engage in applied work-based learning and practical activities.
The teaching team comprises experts from both the University and Plymouth Argyle Community Trust. Several of the members of Argyle Community Trust staff are University of St Mark & St John graduates themselves and as such they understand the importance of a university education alongside practical applied experience.
Members of the teaching team at Plymouth Argyle: Ryan, Andy, Lee and Phil.
For detailed information and the latest news see the Plymouth Argyle Community Trust website.