What we do
Our primary objective is “to provide and assist in the provision of facilities for recreation and other leisure time occupation for the benefit of young persons under 18 and resident in the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset and in particular to provide education and training in the skills and techniques in football, so that due attention is given to the education and development of such persons”.
We have sought to encourage participation in association football throughout the south west of England through education and training programmes and the establishment of sound relationships with various youth organisations and youth leagues.
Origins of the Charity
The Plymouth Argyle Supporters Training & Development Trust (“PAST&DT”) was originally formed in 1995 by various organised Plymouth Argyle supporters associations throughout the country, following an approach from the then manager of Plymouth Argyle football club, Mr Neil Warnock. At the time it was widely acknowledged that young footballers within the United Kingdom lacked some of the technical ability that seemed to be developed elsewhere in Europe. Further, it was clear that training opportunities for young persons at grass roots level were particularly lacking in the south west of England.
For many years we established close links with the youth development programme of Plymouth Argyle football club. In short, we set up a network of coaching centres / soccer schools around the south west where young persons of any ability could attend to receive coaching in football skills from qualified coaches at affordable cost. Those youngsters displaying the most talent would then be selected to attend Centres of Excellence in Plymouth or Bodmin for more advanced training which might possibly lead to the offer to them of training contracts with PAFC. We also ran a hostel in Plymouth to accommodate young players attending training courses in Plymouth.
This arrangement came to an end in 2007 when Plymouth Argyle Football in the Community Trust and the football club took over full responsibility for running the various training centres.
Can we help you?
The Trustees currently make grants to suitable local youth and sports organisations to assist them in providing association football training and to encourage participation in organised leagues. We also seek to provide opportunities for young persons to get involved, irrespective of their footballing ability, academic ability, financial circumstances or social position.
We therefore invite applications for grants from organisations based in the counties of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.
Please see the Applying for a Grant section of the website to see if we might be able to help you.