Pool Academy to launch Cornwall’s First New Girls Player Development Centre

Pool Academy and Plymouth Argyle Football Club will be officially launching Cornwall’s first New Girls Player Development Centre on Friday.

The centre is the only one of its kind in the county, sits just below Cornwall FA Girls’ Advanced coaching centre and will be based at Pool Academy.

To celebrate the new initiative, and the new partnership between the school and the football team, Plymouth Argyle officials will be travelling to Pool to lead a mixed gender tournament.

The seven-a-side, eight minute matches will start at 11am with quarter finals, semi-finals and final taking place from 1.30pm. Presentations will be held at 3pm.

Jamie Day, Plymouth Argyle Mid/ West Cornwall, said: “Creating a strong link with Pool Academy is something we have been working hard to make happen.

“With fantastic facilities and the amount of children within the area we want to provide as many opportunities for them as possible.”

Mark Fuller, from Pool Academy, said: “This is a huge opportunity for Pool Academy to work alongside Plymouth Argyle Community Trust and for all children in our community to benefit from this partnership.

“This is a real step forward in terms of Pool Academy raising the standard of football in and around the local area.”

Ella, Pool Academy student, said: “It is really good that the centre is for girls. It's also good that Plymouth Argyle are treating the girls as they do the boys. The fact that the centre is so close to us is great.”

Chloe, Pool Academy student, said: “It's great that Plymouth Argyle are focusing on girls’ football in our area."