A group of students have spent the day at Plymouth Argyle experiencing the everyday running of a professional football club.
Not only were they treated to a tour of the stadium including the changing rooms, boot room, executive suites and the PAFC prison, the Duchy College Plymouth Argyle Football Education Programme students also gained an insight into the different careers on offer at the club.
Team Captain, Jordan Mason, said they really enjoyed visiting the club and “getting to see behind the scenes at Plymouth Argyle” and taking part in fitness testing and training sessions in the ground.
The students were also given a talk about maintenance of a sports facility and how the manager of the club influences most of the decisions made, including the size of the pitch and the colour of the away team changing room.
“It was really interesting to see how the ground was maintained and to experience a professional football team talk in the home team changing rooms,” Jordan continued.
Team Lead for Sport at Duchy College, Darren Evans, said the Home Park visit “was a great opportunity for the students to see and feel what it’s like to a professional footballer and for them to gain an insight into the variety of careers available within football”.
“They have come away with an enhanced view of employment opportunities at a football club, which not only feeds their aspirations, but gives them renewed focus on their future careers.”
The Football Education Programme at Duchy College prepares students for a role in the sports industry by giving them all the relevant skills and expertise, this opens up opportunities to either coach or play at a higher level.