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Following their recent successes both on and off the pitch, Plymouth Argyle were presented with the award of 'Charter Standard Adult Club of the Year' at the Devon FA's Football Development Awards Evening.
The award recognised the fact that the ambitious club have met strict criteria concerning the operation of football clubs, and had done so with distinction.
The FA Charter Standard Club scheme is the Football Association's kite-mark scheme for clubs, and rewards those who meet minimum operating standards in areas concerning finance, organisation, coaching, child protection and welfare. During the presentation evening, the Devon FA's County Development Manager Hannah Buckley stated that Plymouth Argyle were worthy of winning the Adult club of the year award for the way in which they had turned around their fortunes over the past few seasons.
Three years ago, the club was heavily in debt and were regularly finishing mid-table in the South West Combination. Club Chairman Ross Symons stated: that the Charter Standard Scheme gave the club an opportunity to "have a look at where we were, and where we wanted to go". Today, the club is financially stable, has a large and enthusiastic committee driving initiatives forward, has a team of highly qualified coaches providing opportunities to girls from aged 8 years upwards, and has just enjoyed a highest ever placed finish in the league.
Symons added: "Receiving this award is further justification for all the many hours our team of volunteers put into providing enhanced opportunities for young and talented females to play football, and I am happy to pick this up on behalf of all of them. Obviously we are ambitious and want to see Plymouth Argyle operating a women's team in the very highest levels of the game, but what this award tells us is that if a club does not offer quality coaching, an organised and professional environment, support and honesty then they won't get very far. I feel that this has provided the base for our recent success, and why players from rival clubs are now looking at joining us. We're delighted and honoured to be given this award."
It is hoped that the award will enjoy pride of place in the clubhouse at their new Bolitho Park home, and will be on display when the Pilgrims begin their league campaign at home to Frome Town this Sunday with a 2pm kick off. With only one team gaining promotion to the Premier League, Argyle will need a good start, and with the team now back in the city are hopeful of a good crowd to cheer them on. Admission is only £1 payable on the gate.
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