Torquay United Community Sports Trust

Torquay United Community Sports Trust, which is the community arm of Torquay United, is a stand-alone charity and operates by offering PE sessions & After-School Clubs to Primary School children in Torbay and South Devon. As well as this, the Trust runs Holiday Football Camps throughout the year and works with other local charities for the disadvantaged in Torbay.

Based from Plainmoor in Torquay, we offer a varied and fun selection of activites to get you moving.
To sponsor the trust or to get more details about what Provision the Trust can offer, email mattanthony@torquayunited.com
Recent TUCST Challenge Video

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NEW TRUST MANAGER: Matt's the new man at the helm of Torquay United in community

As of November 2020, Matt Anthony has been appointed the new manager of the Torquay United Community Sports Trust.
The appointment was made after the departure of Jamie McInnes, who will remain as the Girls Football Officer.
Matt, who has been at the Trust in Torquay, Devon for over seven years and is the was the Assistant Manager of the Trust, joined as an Apprentice and has worked in all areas of the Trust, including Disability Football, Walking Football for Seniors aged 50+ and as well as working with young children from three years old and upwards in the Local Community.
On his appointment, Matt said: “I am really excited about my new role, and in spite of the challenges faced by the Trust, I am absolutely delighted to have the role that I have worked hard for over a number of years.”
Directors interviewed a number of candidates but felt that overall, Matt had the qualities they were looking for and had some new ideas to bring to the Trust and the whole community.
Matt added: “One of my first key challenges will be to generate some more sponsorship as, like all trusts, our finances have been hit hard by Covid-19.”

Torquay United Community Sports Trust, which is the community arm of Torquay United, is a stand-alone charity and operates by offering PE sessions & After-School Clubs to Primary School children in Torbay and South Devon. As well as this, the Trust runs Holiday Football Camps throughout the year and works with other local charities for the disadvantaged in Torbay.
To sponsor the trust or to get more details about what Provision the Trust can offer, call Matt on 07740 355895 or email mattanthony@torquayunited.com

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update: - Torquay United Community Sports Trust are still working hard within the local Community despite the latest National Lockdown. Due to the latest guidance from the UK Government & F.A. the Trust are currently not offering evening or weekend sports provision, however, we are still supporting a number of Primary Schools in Torbay as well as interacting with people in our Community through Social Media platforms, where we offer Online Football Sessions & Sporting Challenges/ Activities.
Furthermore, the Trust is also working closely with Re4orm to deliver food packages to those in need through this difficult time.
Lastly, due to restrictions, TUCST Staff are currently working from home when not working in local Primary Schools. Therefore, there may be a delay in us returning emails, phone calls & messages. If you require assistance immediately, please email mattanthony@torquayunited.com or admin@torquayunited.com and we will do our best to get in touch at the earliest possible convenience.
From all of us at TUCST; we would like to thank our customers, schools & partners for their continued support. We hope to see you all again very soon.
Kind Regards
Matt Anthony
Trust Manager

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Coronavirus Update

FURTHER to the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and following Government advice, Torquay United Community Sports Trust has decided that all non-school based delivery will be suspended from today (Tuesday 17th March) for an initial period of two weeks.

This suspension affects our activity with children and young people outside of a school setting, as well as all of our work with adults. We will review this at least once a week, as a minimum, after the initial two-week suspension period.

Sessions affected by this suspension include: Mini Gulls, Young Gulls, Youth Gulls, Wildcats, Girls Football, Girls Development Centre, Futsal, District Team Training, Girls Team Training and Devon Girls Football League Fixtures, Fit Fans in Training, Walking Football, Senior Gulls, Inspirations (Junior + Adult) and Football4All.

Any payments made through our online booking system (Open Play) for sessions within the next two weeks will be refunded.

This decision has been made as a precautionary measure based on the advice issued by the relevant authorities and to bring us in line with the recommendations put forward by the UK Government. We understand this is a disappointing and frustrating situation for everyone involved, however the health, safety and well being of all our participants and staff remains our utmost priority.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation at this difficult and unprecedented time.

Jamie McInnes
Community Manager
Torquay United Community Sports Trust

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Fab Feb

THIS February half-term will be your opportunity to enjoy a week packed with football fun and technical development.

Torquay United Community Sports Trust is hosting seven different courses across the five weekdays of the February half-term, providing focussed sessions to help young players grow their enthusiasm and understanding of the beautiful game.

Our holiday courses place an emphasis on enjoyment and development. We have a structured programme for each day, covering all aspects of the game. All sessions include tournaments, trophies, ball mastery, penalty competitions and our famous coaches’ challenge.

All courses run from 9.30am – 3pm and open to boys and girls aged 6 – 14 years, unless otherwise stated. Please ensure you bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink, suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor football, and shin pads are essential.

Our half-term courses are priced at £12 for non-members, TQ1 Club members receive a 10% discount, Torquay United youth players receive a £2 discount and the Mini Gulls morning is £5.

February Half-Term Courses
Monday, February 17 @ Torquay Academy
Mini Gulls for children aged 3-5 years Monday, February 17 from 9am – 11am @ Torquay Academy
Tuesday, February 18 @ Torquay Academy
Wednesday, February 19 @ Torquay Academy
Thursday, February 20 @ Paignton Community & Sports College
Friday, February 21 @ South Devon College Sports Centre
Girls Only Friday, February 21 @ South Devon College Sports Centre

Book online here and for more information, please contact admin@torquayunited.comor call 01803 322551.

The TQ1 Club is an exclusive membership scheme that costs just £30 per year. Our members receive a welcome pack that includes a draw-string rucksack, TQ1 football, drinks bottle and hat. TQ1 members are given discounts on selected soccer courses and special events hosted by Torquay United Community Sports Trust, including a forthcoming trip to watch England v Denmark at Wembley.

TQ1 members have previously enjoyed a tournament day at Plymouth Argyle that included a stadium tour of Home Park and the return tournament will be hosted in Torquay during the Easter holidays, with players and coaches from Plymouth Argyle visiting us for the day.

Sign up for the TQ1 Club today and you will be eligible to take advantage of the early-bird discount and sales window for the England game at Wembley. Please contact us on tq1@torquayunited.com / admin@torquayunited.com or call 01803 322551.

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Perfect Christmas Present

IT is that time of year when every family is trying to find that perfect present for the young football fan in their household.

They have football kits spilling out the cupboard, more footballs than a community coach, shinpads in all colours, boots in pink, blue and black, and even goalkeeper gloves for emergencies.

Torquay United Community Sports Trust (TUCST) has the answer to your Christmas conundrum, as our TQ1 package will give them something unique, something special and something yellow to open on the big day.

For just £30, membership of the TQ1 Club will give you the following goodies to wrap up for Christmas morning:

TQ1 Rucksack
TQ1 Football
TQ1 Hat
TQ1 Drink Bottle

This package is already worth more than £30 but TQ1 membership offers so much more than a welcome pack.

As a TQ1 member, your football fan will receive discounts on holiday courses with TUCST and the opportunity to benefit from exclusive events.

As an example, TQ1 Club members took part in a tournament at Plymouth Argyle in the autumn and it is planned for a return event at a Torquay venue in the New Year.

We are also hoping to arrange a discounted trip to Wembley for TQ1 members to watch England v Denmark in March.

 The TUCST office is open until this Friday and we can organise your welcome pack for just £30. Simply drop us an email on tq1@torquayunited.com / admin@torquayunited.comand we’ll arrange collection.

Make this Christmas a Torquay United Christmas.

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National Equality Award

TORQUAY United Community Sports Trust recently enjoyed one of the most significant milestones in our 27-year history by receiving a National League Trust award for Equality.

The annual scheme from the National League Trust seeks to celebrate exceptional community projects within football organisations that promote diversity and embrace equality.

Each year, the National League Trust presents this award to a special community initiative and this year, Torquay United Community Sports Trust won the award for Best Equality Project, which was presented before Saturday’s game at Plainmoor by Dinah Cox, Chair of the Wembley National Stadium Trust, along with a cheque for £5,000.

The award was given for our work on the Girls United Project, a hugely successful scheme that has significantly increased football opportunities for girls aged between 11 and 19 years. To date, over 100 girls and women have engaged with the project throughout Torbay and South Devon.

It had been identified, through the club’s extensive local knowledge and communication with relevant parties (such as secondary schools and Devon FA), that there was a clear lack of quality football opportunities throughout Torbay and South Devon for young female footballers.

The importance of offering ‘high-quality’ sessions was key to this project, utilising experienced and knowledgeable coaches and female role-models where possible. The importance of the lead coaches in being able to engage with the participants and build a rapport was paramount.

‘Girls United’ has aided Torquay United Community Sports Trust in their wider target of establishing clear pathways for girls and women in football. Their ultimate goal is to provide high-quality provision for all female participants, so that they can begin their football journey at three years of age, and then stay with the club until they are teenagers, when they will potentially have opportunities to train and play for the Torquay United Women’s team, or continue to attend the ‘drop and play’ type community sessions for all abilities.

To find out more about Girls United and our extensive range of programmes for female footballers, please contact admin@torquayunited.com or call 01803 322551.

This project was funded by the Wembley National Stadium Trust, who are an independent grant-maker which funds sports activities. They receive their income from Wembley Stadium based on their total ticket sales and other income.

The National League Trust is a charity that offers grant aid to National League clubs to support their community projects, with funding from the Premier League and the Professional Footballers Association. They each contribute to an annual donation of £1.2m. 

We would like to thank Dinah Cox, Wembley National Stadium Trust and the National League Trust for this award. 

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Gulls at Wembley

FEMALE players from the extensive programme for girls’ football at Torquay United Community Sports Trust (TUCST) recently enjoyed an international experience.

We were joined by 30 enthusiastic young players and their families for a fantastic trip to the iconic Wembley Stadium to form part of a sold-out crowd in savouring the international clash between England Women and Germany Women.

The day started with our coach departing Plainmoor early in the morning and arriving at Wembley to take in the sights and sounds of the national stadium. It was amazing to watch some of the leading female footballers in the world display their talent on such a huge stage before completing an exhausting, and enthralling day, by arriving back in TQ1 in the early hours.

“It was a wonderful moment to see so many happy and excited faces as we arrived at Wembley Stadium,” said TUCST Manager Jamie McInnes.

“We are very proud of the progress we have made in the provision for female footballers, with so many young girls developing their skills and love of the game through the numerous programmes we offer.

“Their commitment and enthusiasm makes it a pleasure for us to coach them. They thoroughly deserved this special experience and we are also very grateful to the parents for the support they have shown to girls’ football at Torquay United. For the participants of the Girls United programme in particular, this opportunity was a deserved reward for their commitment to the project.”

At TUCST, we offer a full range of football opportunities for female players, developing a clear pathway of progress for elite players, as well as an emphasis on enjoyment and interaction.

To find out more, please contact TUCST on admin@torquayunited.comor call 01803 322551.

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Gulls at Home Park

YOUNG players from Torquay United Community Sports Trust enjoyed a fantastic day at Plymouth Argyle in the recent TQ1 Tournament.

The event was hosted in partnership with Argyle Community Trust and saw the enthusiastic young Gulls taking on players from Argyle’s Long-Term Player Development programme.

The day also included a tour of the Home Park stadium and was even featured on BBC Radio Devon. Congratulations to all players involved and thanks to parents for their support in the tournament.

The tournament was organised as part of the TQ1 Club scheme and members of the TQ1 Club receive a fantastic welcome pack, which includes a drawstring rucksack, TQ1 football, drink bottle and hat. As a TQ1 Club member, you will also receive a personalised membership card.

TQ1 Club members benefit from a 10% discount at a maximum of five holiday courses run by TUCST. This discount applies to full-day courses in the school holidays (summer, Easter, Christmas and half-terms).

Further benefits include discounted entry for our TUCST Christmas party, discounts on special tournament days to be hosted by TUCST and exclusive competitions for TQ1 Club members.

TQ1 Club membership is just £30 per year and your welcome pack immediately retails at more than the membership fee, plus all the added benefits that come with this exclusive opportunity.

When registering for the TQ1 discount on our holiday courses, this can only be done online. Please go to book courses and login as a TQ1 member. You can then select the discounted option entitled TQ1.

Limited to 100 youngsters, membership of the TQ1 Club will be granted on a first come, first served basis. TUCST will open up the TQ1 Club to a further 100 members later in the season.

To sign up as a member of the TQ1 Club, please send an email to tq1@torquayunited.com and we will let you know if you have been successful in joining this exclusive membership scheme.

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Derek Harrison Guest Speaker

SENIOR Gulls returns for our next event on Tuesday, October 29. Our guest speaker for this event will be ex-Torquay United defender Derek Harrison.

Harrison experienced an extensive playing career, notably with Torquay United, making 127 appearances between 1971 and 1975. In his later career, Harrison represented Dawlish Town and Salisbury City in non-league football before retirement.

Join us at the Senior Gulls to hear Derek talk about his playing career and share some football memorabilia from the past.

The Senior Gulls is an initiative for the Yellow Army, aimed at all adults in the community over the age of 50, and takes place every month in the Boots and Laces bar at Plainmoor.

As well as guest speakers, we will hold special workshops, a raffle, a quiz with prizes and an opportunity to meet with fellow-supporters and officials from the club.

This month's event with Derek will take place on Tuesday, October 29, with a slightly later time of 4pm – 6pm in Boots and Laces (later time than usual to tie in with Torquay United vs Wrexham, 7.45pm kick off). Membership for the Senior Gulls is just £10 per year and pre-booking is essential for this fantastic event.

Please contact admin@torquayunited.com or call 01803 322551 to secure your membership.

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TQ1 Tournament Kit

THE kits have arrived for Thursday’s TQ1 Tournament at Plymouth Argyle and a massive thanks to our friends at Torquay United Supporters Trust for sponsoring the event.

We have kits in varying sizes for our young players, plus some bonus green tops for the goalkeepers, and all those participating in the tournament will be asked to wear black shorts and black socks, so we look fantastic in representing the Gulls at Argyle.

There are just a handful of spaces available for the tournament, which will see young players enjoying a coaching session at the Goals Soccer Centre next to Home Park, a tour of the Plymouth Argyle stadium and then tournament matches.

The event runs from an 8am departure at Plainmoor on our team bus for the day and players will arrive back at Torquay United around 4.30pm.

The tournament is just £20 for the day or £15 for TQ1 Club members. To sign up for the tournament and/or join the TQ1 Club, please contact tq1@torquayunited.com

There are only a few places left, so tournament participation will be on a first come, first served basis.

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