Sport

Led by Argyle Community Trust, professional and community sport clubs across Plymouth are set to drive participation in Mayflower 400 and create a legacy of improved health and wellbeing post 2020.

This will be achieved through a combination of headline and grass roots events, ensuring that opportunities are available for people of all ages and abilities. For more information on the Mayflower sports activity visit the Argyle Community Trust 

Mayflower 400 Community Sports Fund

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for local clubs to deliver their own Mayflower activity. To date, this has helped support a range of activities, including providing trophies and kits. Visit the Argyle Community Trust website for more information

12 Sports for 12 Months

From January 2020 Argyle Community Trust will work with local clubs, governing bodies and communities to promote a dedicated sport for a month. Making sure there are opportunities for new and sustained participants to become involved whilst promoting the wider Mayflower 400 sport programme.

Mayflower 400 Sports Week

The inaugural Mayflower Sports Week saw Plymouth Argyle, Plymouth Albion and Plymouth Raiders join forces for a fantastic triumvirate of sporting fixtures in March 2018, reaching an audience of 15,000. Each game included professional sports entertainment, pop-up stalls, and community activities. We’re keen to involve even more people in 2019 and 2020.

Mayflower Grassroots Activity Programme

We are supporting local clubs to deliver their own Mayflower competitions and activity. Branding and certificates are available, and we can help promote events through our website and social media. From football tournaments through to walks, if you’d like to discuss getting involved get in touch.

Partner events

Mayflower 400 gives the city a chance for our sporting community to build relationships and raise its profile nationally and internationally. A number of clubs are already taking up this opportunity. David Ellis, Club Chairman, Plymouth Leander Swimming Club, said: "Plymouth Leander has been working with the Mayflower 400 team since 2017 with all of our galas having a Mayflower 400 theme, from the Harwich Cup Series in 2017 to the Southampton Cup series in this year. Mayflower 400 is a great opportunity to raise our profile, and as one of the city’s foremost sports institutions, we’re looking forward to inviting clubs from the US and Netherlands to compete against Plymouth’s swimming elite."

Wider Activity

  • Mayflower 400 Special Games: Will see teams from around the world invited to compete in a special competition organised specifically for 2020\
  • Active Ageing: Argyle Community Trust has been awarded £35,000 from the EFL Trust’s Active Ageing Fund. This will be used to get 300 people aged 55 and above active over the next three years, while at the same time promoting the Mayflower commemoration
  • Mayflower Cup: A new annual youth football tournament organized by Argyle Community Trust, involving 2,000 young people and their families • Keep an eye out for our Mayflower Sports Ambassadors; men and women who embody the values of the Mayflower programme and who will help promote engagement through the commemoration. To date, Conrad Humphreys and Mark Ormrod have signed up, with more names to be announced
  • The National Citizen Service scheme has seen over seven hundred young people engage with a Mayflower 400 workshop; twenty three are now Mayflower Makers and are set to volunteer at Illuminate 2018
  • The Community Games initiative will see sporting competitions take place in six local parks across the city, commemorating Mayflower 400 and celebrating the 2020 Olympics

Contacts

Mark Lovell Head of Community mark.lovell@pafc.co.uk

Mark Rowles Mayflower 400 Sports Project Manager mark.rowles@pafc.co.uk

Dan Hart Social Inclusion Manager dan.hart@pafc.co.uk

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