A student football team that stepped up for the first time to compete in an adult league in Devon has triumphed at an end of season awards ceremony.
Duchy College is celebrating following the success of their football team at the Football League Awards held at the New Continental Hotel in Plymouth.
Following a successful season in the Devon league, Duchy College PAFC was presented with two awards; the Sporting Team of the Year and the Respect Campaign Team of the Year, the latter being voted for by the league referees.
Alongside the trophies that were presented to the team, a new football kit was also awarded as a prize for winning the Respect Campaign Award.
Course Co-ordinator, Jordan Goodison-Powell, said the players “have worked really hard this year to compete in the Devon Wednesday league and have managed their time really well.”
Goalkeeper Josh Chalk also won an individual award as Goalkeeper of the Year.
“I am really happy with my award and it’s been a real eye opener this year,” Josh said.
“We’ve all taken the step up to play in an adult football league and it’s been tough playing against teams like the Police and HMS Raleigh but we have worked together to improve. We are all really excited about returning to the league and course next year.”
The students on the Duchy College Plymouth Argyle Football (PAFC) programme are studying either Level 2 or Level 3 Sport qualifications with a focus on football.
The Football Education Programme, based at Duchy College, covers all aspects of the professional game from nutrition and fitness to injury analysis and coaching. The students also receive training sessions from a Plymouth Argyle coach and are able to further develop their skills by undertaking work experience at Argyle’s Home Park stadium.
Those who complete the course could progress into a number of key areas in sport and fitness to include coaching, nutrition, injury prevention, teaching or further study.
“The balance of being part of a football development team with PAFC and continuing with their education is demanding and the football really gives the team a focus. I’m really proud of their achievements,” Jordan added.