Penwith College Community Football Team crowned league champs

Penwith College Community Football Team has triumphed at the Sportivate Football Tournament, despite it being only their first full season.

Penwith College Community Football Team has triumphed at the Sportivate Football Tournament, despite it being only their first full season. 

The team played Newquay Football Club at Wadebridge Town FC in a thrilling match that saw Penwith College Community Football Team emerge seven goals to two winners.

John Pearce, club coach and Automotive lecturer at Penwith College said it was “a great achievement for the team winning a final in our first season in the Under 21 league”.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Penwith College and the Health, Wellbeing and Sport (HWS) team,” he added.

The club was formed in 2015, through a joint initiative between Penwith College’s Construction and Automotive Engineering Department and the HWS team.

However, its roots began when the HWS team delivered lunch time drop-in football sessions for students from the Constructions and Automotive Engineering department.

They participated in weekly football sessions, where they were able to enjoy playing sport and socialising in a relaxed environment.

The students enjoyed it so much they requested help developing their own team.

Funding was secured with the help of the HWS team to enable the players to acquire their own football kit and equipment, while Penwith College allowed the team to train and play on the college AstroTurf pitch.

Penwith College Community Football Team now plays in the Sportivate Under 21 Flexible Football League, which is organised through the Cornwall Football Association.

With the continued support from the Director of Penwith College, Martin Tucker, Cornwall FA and the HWS team, regular footballing opportunities have been established for young people from the local community.