Centres are back up and running

The Plymouth Argyle Academy Centres of Excellence officially started back from the summer break last week with manager Daniel Greenough and other key members of staff completing the inductions.

The first week of coaching started with the Cornwall Centre at Brannell on Monday before moving onto North Devon on Tuesday, Torbay on Thursday, and both Exeter and Plymouth on Friday.

Argyle have also started a new initiative with the Young Pilgrims, adding another tier to the Academy Pathway for under-fives, sixes and sevens.

“The idea is that we want to develop the younger players and then feed them into the Centre of Excellence, with the possibility of progression into the Pre-Academy and Academy,” explained Greenough.

“We are getting them in slightly younger this year to give the kids extra coaching to enable them to progress through our pathway ready for the under-eights.

“There have been some really exciting young players that have come into the Young Pilgrims and we are hoping that the extra work that we do at a younger age will help build a technical foundation.”

Plymouth Argyle are soon to be hosting an open trial for the Young Pilgrims and any youngsters in the under-five age group that are interested should contact Greenough by e-mail at: daniel.greenough@pafc.co.uk

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