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Plymouth Marjon featured in PFA 50th anniversary book

Released: 07.09.23

A student wearing a Marjon branded hoodie on a sports pitch

Plymouth Marjon University has featured in a new book written by award-winning journalist, Harry Harris. The book, created in partnership with the Professional Footballer’s Association (PFA), launched on Tuesday 29 August at the PFA Awards in Manchester. 

The PFA launched the new book, titled ‘50 Years of the PFA Awards’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the prestigious PFA Awards – widely recognised as the most coveted individual accolade in English football.  

The book has been produced in partnership with leading publisher St James’s House and written by two-time winner of the British Sports Journalist of the Year award, Harry Harris. Charting the evolution of the beautiful game over the past five decades, the book includes exclusive interviews with some of the greatest names in the sport, past and present, and highlights the continued, wide-ranging impact of the PFA’s work, including a special feature for Plymouth Marjon University celebrating its place as part of the football community at an academic, community and professional level. 

Caroline Westwood, Dean of the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Plymouth Marjon, spoke about the University’s feature in the PFA’s new book: 

“Marjon is renowned for its outstanding sports facilities and high-quality sport and exercise provision. We’re really pleased to be included in the PFA’s book, cementing our place among the sporting greats. Marjon fosters a passion for sport like no other organisation, and it’s great to see our hard work and enthusiasm recognised.” 

Richard Freed, founder of St James’s House, said:  

“It’s an honour to have worked on this book with the PFA and so many greats from the game – not least football-writing legend Harry Harris. The 50th anniversary of the PFA Awards provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future of the beautiful game.”  

Plymouth Marjon University delivers exciting sport programmes in a range of specialisms, including Football Coaching and Development, Physical Education, Sport Coaching, and Sports and Exercise Science.  

The University collaborates with major players like Plymouth Argyle, the Devon Football Association, and Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity to deliver first-class education and opportunities. Students undertake practical and classroom-based learning alongside working placements to create an engaging study experience. 

Plymouth Marjon University is still accepting students for this academic year. Students wishing to study Football, Sport and a range of other subject areas can still apply until 21 September 2023. Find out more about your options and apply here, or email  

You can order your copy of the ‘50 Years of the PFA Awards’ book here. 

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