Argyle player is no match for charity football team in Sport Relief kick about

Authored by Mary
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2018 - 08:50

On Wednesday (21st March 2018) local youth football team Plymouth Hope enjoyed a training session with a difference with a visit from Plymouth Argyle’s Gary Miller, for Sport Relief.

Plymouth Hope’s Under 12s took on Gary Miller in a penalty shootout, as the whole nation joins forces to try and beat 1 billion steps a day during Sport Relief this week.

The project, which has received funding from money raised through Sport Relief, aims to promote social inclusion through the medium of sport. The team is open to young people from all backgrounds to promote strong community relationships.

Plymouth Hope recently won Plymouth Argyle’s diversity tournament, so Gary Miller was keen to get stuck in with the champions.

Gary Miller, Defender at Plymouth Argyle said: “Sport is a big part of our lives and has made me the player I am today. It is always great to see sport being used to bring people together and create that feeling of community.

“It’s been a lot of fun joining in tonight’s session and seeing money raised through Sport Relief in action. Good luck to everyone doing their steps this week. We’ve certainly racked up a few after the run around the guys at Plymouth Hope gave us!”

David Feindouno, Founder of Plymouth Hope said: “When I first came over to the UK, I was looking for something to do to integrate in to the community. It started with a kick about in the park and grew in to what Plymouth Hope is today.

“Thanks to Comic Relief funding, we are now able to have sessions running throughout the week with a variety of male, female adult and children teams.

“Plymouth Hope is now a well-known brand for bringing communities together and fostering social cohesion through sport. It is all about having an active and happy community and all benefits gained through being active are a bonus.”

Rupert, Senior Project Manager at Plymouth Hope, said: “We are so pleased that Gary came along to one of our sessions to see the hard work we put in to making Plymouth Hope a fun and friendly place to do sport.

“Sport Relief is the perfect excuse to get up and moving and we are continually grateful for the funding Comic Relief gives us to develop our project and support our members.”

Last time around, for Sport Relief 2016, the generous people across South West raised and donated more than £805,000. This money has been hard at work in the local area, with more than 120 projects funded across the region.

For more information on how to get involved with this year’s Sport Relief campaign, download the Sport Relief App or go to


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