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PL30: Plymouth honour youth and disability coach

12 Sep 2022
Community Captain, Colin Bunney in Plymouth

Argyle Trust's Colin Bunney is named club's Community Captain after 17 years of service

Colin Bunney has been named Plymouth Argyle's Community Captain in recognition of his incredible work over the past 17 years as both an employee and volunteer at the Argyle Trust, delivering coaching for youth and disability participants aged two to 16.

The Community Captain accolade is being given to more than 100 members of the public who have made an outstanding contribution to their club and local community as part of the Premier League's 30th anniversary celebrations. 

Bunney was presented with the award at Manadon Sports Hub, which is used by more than 30,000 people each year, has a floodlit 3G pitch, grass pitch and a modern pavilion with four changing rooms.

It was opened in 2019 on a formerly derelict site thanks to a grant of more than £800,000 from the Football Foundation, funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government.

Bunney was presented with a Premier League Community Captain pennant and special captain's armband by Argyle Trust CEO Mark Lovell and former Plymouth Argyle skipper Gary Sawyer.

'Amazing passion'

"Naming Colin as the club's Community Captain is an opportunity for us to demonstrate appreciation for Colin and his 17 years of incredible work with the Argyle Trust helping and inspiring young people," said Sawyer.

"Colin just has this amazing passion and enthusiasm for football and seeing people succeed, which makes him a more than worthy captain in our eyes."

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Bunney said: "Being recognised by my work colleagues as a Community Captain in this way is a big honour. I have always been football-crazy, playing from the age of five until I was 50, before becoming a coach.

"I love my job and I don't do it for recognition. There's a great team of people working at the Trust and there's opportunities for everybody to be involved, which I think is fantastic."

See: Premier League Trophy Tour stories

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