Thornbury Town FC builds for the future, on and off the pitch
News from Thornbury Town FC
THE premature conclusion to the football season ended Thornbury Town’s hopes of promotion from the Hellenic League Division One West. Although Jason Rees’ side sat seventh at the shutdown, they did have a raft of games in hand to strengthen their promotion hand, and would have finished as runners-up if the decision had been made to finalise the season on a “points per game” basis.
Despite this disappointment the club hasn’t sat still, adding new members to the committee, including former Thorns players Brian Lansdown and Mark Franklin, as the club looks to prepare for the start of the new season, whenever that may be.
Whilst the first team missed out on promotion, the Reserves and Third team seem to be destined for promotion if the proposed constitution for the Bristol & District League is confirmed. The Third team, in their first season, were crowned champions of Division 5 and are pencilled in to be promoted to Division 3 next season whilst the Reserves are promoted to Division 1, following a restructuring of the League.
Meanwhile off the field the club have recently had clearance from the local council that improvement works, as and when appropriate, can be commenced at the Mundy Fields. This will include the refurbishment of the changing rooms, with the work hopefully starting in June or July, depending on the coronavirus restrictions. The club have also been granted planning permission for a new 50-seater stand on the far side of the pitch and the repositioning of the current stand alongside it.
Thorns have also obtained planning permission for an extension to the clubhouse, but this has had to be deferred for the time being whilst the club raises the finances for the work involved. Club income was hit hard following the rash of postponements due to the incessant rain in February and then the outbreak of coronavirus that brought an early end to the season.
The Junior section is also thriving, with the club looking to add new teams for next season, which should bring the total up to 18. This will include a new U18s team playing in the Bristol Under18 Combination and also hopefully a second girls’ team at the U11s age group.
The club is keen to grow the female game in Thornbury, with Jack Harrison-Bond steering the project forward. With this in mind, he has been instrumental in introducing an SSE Wildcats Girls centre to the town, which in essence offers introductory football to girls from five to 11 years. The sessions were due to be held at Thornbury Leisure Centre starting in April but had to be postponed. The programme will start as soon as it can.
Thorns committee invite any parent keen for their child to take part to contact either Jack Harrison-Bond (07539 471637) or Graham Smith (07580 212496).
For the new U18's team, the nucleus of the squad will be last season’s successful U16’s side but the club will also be looking for additional players and a manager and coach to support the youngsters. The club is always keen to welcome any new players joining the club, at whatever age level. Anyone interested in playing or becoming involved in a coaching role is asked to contact Pete Webber on 07732 466606 or Graham Smith 07580 212496.