Dreams of playing professional football are rife as the countdown to the new season has begun for the students on the Duchy College Plymouth Argyle Football Club (PAFC) Football Education Programme.
Students at the Duchy Stoke Climsland College have had their first few training sessions and are eager to get started in the Devon Wednesday League next week against Plymouth Dukes.
Trained by Plymouth Argyle coach Bobby Hopkinson the team will be hoping to hit the ground running much like last year. A recent 8-1 win in a pre-season friendly against the College’s Military Academy has done wonders to increase morale around the squad and the students will be striving to get their season off to a winning start.
BTEC Level 3 student, Jordan Mason, is “delighted to be here at Duchy College and can’t wait to start the new season with the lads.”
“Training has been good so far, with great energy and commitment shown by all and we are more than ready for the season opener against Plymouth Dukes.”
Students will be up against the likes of HMS Raleigh, Devonport High School for Boys and University of Plymouth Student Union amongst others.
Team Lead for Sport 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.”
Football Development Manager at PAFC, Jason Chapman, said Plymouth Argyle Community Trust are “delighted to work in partnership with Duchy College again on this 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.”