Young Footballers Enjoy Plymouth Argyle Training Weekend

Peter Foxwell

The islands’ young footballers have had a weekend of football training with coaches from Plymouth Argyle.

For the past five years, club representatives have come to Scilly to help our pupils improve their game and to seek out the football stars of the future.

Pete Foxwell, football development officer for Cornwall at Plymouth Argyle, says he’s been impressed by the continual development of the islands sporting facilities, including the new sports hall, MUGA and football pitch. And he says this is likely to have a knock on effect as more people take up sport.

The youngsters were given tips and guidance on the Garrison football pitch on Saturday and yesterday, when the weather turned bad, they were able to carry on at the sports hall.

Pete says it’s always going to be hard for islands’ youngsters to get a competitive game because of the small pool of players here and Pete says the best players will find it hard to be pushed to the limit.

He thinks some of the players he’s seen here would easily be able to make it to their development centre, but the problems with travelling to the mainland are always a barrier for our islands’ players.

A number of awards were presented after the weekend coaching session:

  • Winning Team on Points: Team Mexico
  • Players of the Weekend: Junior – Ashton Littlejohn, Senior – Jack Handy, OAP – Olly Glenn
  • Coaches Spot Prizes were awarded to:
  • Alun Anderson for a “bicycle kick”
  • Zoe Hitchens for “ultimate team player”
  • Corey Graham for an “overhead kick”
  • Kagiso Mompoloki for “best goalkeeper”
  • Coen Hughes for being a “little tryer”
  • James Hathway for the “biggest smile”
  • Lucy Twynham for the “biggest bag of Skittle sweets for coach Andy”
  • Dan Evans for “great attitude”
  • Harry Wild for “best goal”