School Football Club Playing More Visitor Fixtures

football training plymouth argyleYoung footballers on the islands will get more chances to play against their mainland counterparts this year.

Five Islands School Football Club Chairman, Dave Stone, says they’ve managed to arrange fixtures against visiting primary-aged teams every week until 2nd July.

The first will be against Probus, Biscovey & St Mewan.

Dave says the fixtures first started around seven years ago and some teams now come back specially to play our team.

He says its important for our school kids to play other sides because it gives them experience and a chance to see how they’re progressing. They also get a chance to make new friends, he says.

Dave says there are fewer opportunities for the senior team to play visitors, as most secondary school visits to the islands have fairly tight schedules. But Dave says club secretary Helen Glenn has worked hard and managed to get a couple of fixtures in the diary.

The regular training visit by Plymouth Argyle, which normally takes place in July, has been postponed, but Dave hopes they can arrange something for later in the year.

He added that resources for the club are getting lower and he’s trying to make it as self-sustaining, which means fundraising events or raising the cost of training sessions for the participants.

The first junior fixture is at the Garrison on 22nd May, at 4.15pm for a 4.30pm kick off. All the other fixtures will be every Wednesday starting at 4.00pm at the Garrison and Dave says they’d love to see as many supporters as possible.

The secondary fixtures are on Wednesday 10th July and 17th July also up at the Garrison at 4.00pm.

2 Responses to School Football Club Playing More Visitor Fixtures

  1. Kev Wright May 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    We were going on football tours to the mainland when I was in the first years of secondary school. So it’s goes back to at least 1991. Great experience though, it was always fun, even though in one competition we only managed a solitary goal (set up by me!) – unless of course you count the own goal that we scored! *cough NEIL JENKINS *cough*

  2. John Hartington May 19, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Good to see these matches continue – although some people have short memories. They were started by Alan Greenlaw and Phil Riley around 15 years ago, who also organised the first trip to the mainland to play in the Penxance area Or maybe even before that if someone knows better.