The Football Education Programme, based at Duchy College Stoke Climsland, covers all aspects of the professional game from nutrition and fitness to injury analysis and coaching.
The students also receive training sessions from a Plymouth Argyle coach and are able to further develop their skills by undertaking work experience at Argyle’s Home Park stadium. Those who complete the course could progress into a number of key areas in sport and fitness to include coaching, nutrition, injury prevention, teaching or further study.
PAFC Football Education programme student, Ryan Chadwick, said: “I have really enjoyed the course especially as we get to train or play football every day we’re at college. I decided to come to Duchy as I wanted to leave school, move to a college and meet new people and get treated like a young adult, whilst doing something I really enjoy. When I leave the course I am hoping to receive a place as an apprentice at Plymouth Argyle.”
Football Development Manager at PAFC, Jason Chapman, said: “Plymouth Argyle Community Trust are delighted to work in partnership with Duchy College on this new and exciting project. By working closely together we will aim to develop and educate young and aspiring footballers both on the pitch and in the classroom.”
Team Lead for Sport and Outdoor Adventure at Duchy College, Darren Evans, said: “The course offers students an excellent opportunity to develop their footballing ability whilst studying for a vocational qualification. The partnership with Plymouth Argyle FC gives the students a chance to work with and get the feel of a professional football club. “
The Under 16’s football trial day will be an opportunity for the players that are attending to receive expert advice and coaching, with the option to enroll on the Plymouth Argyle Education Programme at Duchy College.
For more information on the range of sport courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.duchy.ac.uk or call 0845 60 50 455.