Tag Archives : sport


New project partner for Manadon and Honicknowle Sports Centre

Plans to transform an artificial football pitch into a new outdoor recreation hub for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities have taken a major step forward, with the approval of a new project partner and revised business case. We’re teaming up with the Argyle Community Trust to provide a new football, cricket and outdoor sports facility that […]


Plymouth hosts another summer of Ping!

It’s a hit! Ping! is back and bigger than ever, bringing outdoor fun and activity to public spaces across Plymouth and all over England. Twenty-four towns and cities are welcoming table tennis tables this summer, providing free equipment and encouraging everyone to grab a bat and ball and get playing. Ping! makes table tennis more […]


Plymouth says #ThisGirlCan

Plymouth is once again supporting the national This Girl Can campaign, which kicks off this month. This Girl Can was the first campaign of its kind to feature women who sweat and jiggle as they exercise. It seeks to tell the real story of women who play sport by using images that are the complete […]


Plymouth hosts promotion celebration for Argyle and Green Army

Britain’s Ocean City is laying out the green carpet for Plymouth Argyle on Monday 8 May, following the club’s spectacular promotion-winning victory over Newport County on Easter Monday. Following an open-top bus parade from Home Park to the city centre, Derek Adams and his players will attend a civic reception at the Council House, hosted […]


Civic reception for local Olympic, Paralympic and Invictus Games athletes

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Pauline Murphy, hosted a civic reception this evening for local sportsmen and women who competed in this year’s Olympic, Paralympic and Invictus Games. Athletes and coaches were invited to the event at the Council House, organised in recognition of their achievements and their roles in representing Plymouth on the […]

Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy with consort Councillor Brian Vincent and athletes David Wetherill, Tom Daley, Brian Usher, Tonia Couch, Ben Proud and Sarah Barrow

Touch rugby – give it a try!

Young people are getting a chance to play rugby with one of Plymouth Albion’s first team players this summer. We’re teaming up with the club, England Rugby and national sports charity StreetGames to run free coaching sessions, led by lock Dan Collier. The touch rugby sessions are for young people aged 11 to 25 and are […]


Spruce-up for Devonport Park tennis courts

Our public tennis courts in Devonport Park have been given a summer spruce-up. The courts have been professionally cleaned and relined and new posts and nets have been installed, just in time for the Great British Tennis Weekend celebrations. The event, supported by our sports development unit, takes place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 […]


Ping! returns to Plymouth

It’s ‘game on’ again in Plymouth this summer, with Datto Ping! serving up another fantastic festival of free ping pong until 21 August. This year’s event will boast a record number of tables, bats and balls bouncing into 27 sites around Plymouth, from parks and shopping centres to the Armada Way piazza and Royal William […]


Plymouth divers to fly flag for Britain at Rio 2016

Plymouth divers Tonia Couch, Sarah Barrow and Dan Goodfellow will be heading to Rio this summer, the British Olympic Association confirmed today. They’ve all been selected to represent Great Britain at the Games, alongside former Plymouth Diving team-mate and Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley. Tom and Dan will be teaming up again for the men’s […]


Train to be a running leader – for free!

Are you a keen runner? Could you inspire others to get on the road to an active lifestyle? Then step up! Our Sports Development Unit is looking for people like you to train as running leaders and help expand its beginners’ running network this summer. Perhaps you already take a running group for a club and want […]


Racing for Life? Train free with the Council

Thinking of taking part in this year’s Cancer Research UK Race for Life? If so, don’t miss out on some great training sessions organised by our Sports Development Unit to help you get in shape for the charity run. The sessions will cater for women of all running abilities, including complete beginners, so if you’ve always […]


Football fans wanted to comment on playing pitch plans

Families and football fans in the north of Plymouth are being invited to view exciting plans to create top-notch football facilities in the neighbourhood. An exhibition is taking place at Southway Library next Wednesday 23 March to give local people a clear idea about the proposals for the new-look facilities. The Council wants to create […]


Celebrate International Women’s Day at Life Centre

Our Sports Development Unit is teaming up with Everyone Active to celebrate International Women’s Day with a range of free taster sessions at the Plymouth Life Centre for ladies of all ages. The sessions are being held on Sunday 6 March and everyone who signs up to take part in an activity will be entered into a […]


Sam Dyer

Help get Sam to Rio!

A young volunteer who helps to run sports activities for young people and adults in Devonport has been selected to travel to Brazil during the Olympic Games to work with deprived youngsters living in Rio’s favela slums. Project Rio is being organised by StreetGames, a national sports charity helping disadvantaged communities, with the aim of […]


Council to bring massive sports investment for north of the city

Plymouth City Council has approved funding to help transform an artificial football pitch into a new outdoor recreation hub for the Manadon and Honicknowle communities.   The Manadon all-weather pitch was transferred to the Council from the Ministry of Defence in 2007 and has been operated by YMCA Plymouth since 2012. It is used by […]

Back (left to right): Mark Rowles and Carol Belton (YMCA Plymouth), John Coates (YMCA Board of Trustees), Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith, Nathan Sanders and Liz Slater (Plymouth City Council) and front (left to right): Chris French (Devon FA) and Mark Lovell (Plymouth Argyle FC)

Could you lead a running group for busy mums?

Our sports development unit is on the lookout for enthusiastic runners interested in leading new women’s running groups at local primary schools and nurseries. It wants to expand its successful beginners’ running network with new ‘This Girl Can’ sessions designed for busy mums. Sports Development Manager Louise Kelley said: “We have a great track record in […]


Plymouth prepares to celebrate arrival of Namibian rugby team

Rugby World Cup 2015 is officially under way and Plymouth is preparing to welcome the Namibian team and host a number of special events celebrating the great game. Plymouth will be Namibia’s Team Base for the two fixtures at Exeter Chiefs’ home ground Sandy Park and players will be based primarily at the University of […]


Plymouth joins Welcome Ceremony for Namibian rugby team

Members of the consortium that secured Plymouth as an official Rugby World Cup Team Base for Namibia were presented with plaques at the team’s official Welcome Ceremony on Thursday September 17. The ceremony at Hampton Court Palace was one of 20 hosted at historic and iconic venues across England and Wales to welcome all the […]


New partner announced for Plymouth 10k run

Plymouth City Council has announced a new event partner for the popular Plymouth 10k run. The Council stepped in to save the event earlier this year after previous operator GO2 Events told Plymouth it was no longer in a position to deliver it. Organisations interested in hosting the run were invited to come forward and […]


Join the Great British Tennis Weekend celebrations

Devonport Park is joining venues across the country in celebrating the Great British Tennis Weekend tomorrow and on Sunday. Organised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and our sports development unit, the event will run from 10am until 4pm on both days and there will be loads of activities on offer for people of all […]


Pitch perfect plan for players at Staddiscombe

Playing fields that have been dogged by drainage and condition problems will be getting a major revamp to make them pitch perfect. Plymouth City Council has announced Agripower Limited as the contractors to carry out the improvement work to the playing fields used by teams belonging to the Plymouth and West Devon Combination Football League […]


Plymouth warms up for national launch of Ping!

City centre shoppers and visitors will have a ball when Plymouth hosts the national launch of this year’s Ping! festival on Saturday 13 June. Now in its sixth year, Ping! takes table tennis to remarkable and surprising public places nationwide and has attracted more than a million participants to date. Plymouth is one of 19 […]


Fancy hel-ping at table tennis festival?

Our sports development unit is looking for volunteers to help out at this summer’s Ping! street table tennis festival. Now in its sixth year, Ping! takes table tennis to remarkable and surprising public places nationwide and Plymouth is hosting the national launch on Saturday 13 June. An all-day ping-pong event will be held in Armada Way […]


Namibian manager tours Plymouth’s Rugby World Cup training venues

Wessel Kotze, Operations and Logistics Manager for the Namibian rugby team, was in Plymouth at the weekend touring the city’s Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base venues. Plymouth will be Namibia’s Team Base while they are playing their two fixtures at Sandy Park in Exeter and Mr Kotze was on a fact-finding visit ahead of […]


New lease of life for Plympton tennis courts

Tennis courts in Plympton’s Harewood Park are being given a new lease of life, thanks to funding from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Plymouth City Council and Plympton Tennis Club. The refurbishment will see two disused courts completely resurfaced, relined and brought back into use and another two, currently leased by Plympton Tennis Club, cleaned […]


Plymouth’s sporting future in the spotlight

The future shape of sport in Plymouth is being discussed today at a strategic summit hosted by the University of St Mark & St John. Organised in partnership with the Council and supported by the Plymouth Sports Board, the Plymouth City Sport Summit is bringing together the UK’s leading experts to look at ways that partners can work together to increase […]


Free training for running leaders

Are you a keen runner? Could you inspire others to get on the road to an active lifestyle? Then step up! Our sports development unit is looking for people like you to train as running leaders and help expand its beginners’ running network. Thanks to funding from England Athletics we’re offering free places on the ‘Leadership in Running […]


Horsham Fields handed over as first Community Asset Transfer

Council playing fields in Plymstock have been handed over to a community sports club as part of the Council’s commitment to give valued assets back to the community. Horsham Playing Fields have now been officially transferred to the trustees of Plymstock Albion Oaks Rugby Football Club. It is the first transfer to be completed under […]


Country’s top diving coach Andy Banks to stay in Plymouth

World-class diving coach Andy Banks will be staying in Plymouth, thanks to a funding package put together by the City Council in partnership with University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth College and Everyone Active. Banks, who is the only British diving coach to have coached an Olympic medal-winning diver at London 2012, announced […]