The history of Penryn Athletic FC

Penryn Athletic Football Club was formed in October 1963 by a group of schoolboys in a rugby stronghold. Progressing from the County youth system they joined the Falmouth/Helston League Division II in 1965, before gaining promotion to Division I in 1967. Ten years later in 1977 Penryn were elected to the Cornwall Combination League. The Club made their first foray into the South Western League in 1985 before returning to the Combination League. The 2000-01 season saw Penryn back in the South Western League finishing a creditable 15th.

The Club has been based at seven different home grounds but are now the proud owners of a first class pitch and clubhouse in a prime five acre site at Kernick Road, Penryn. In their first season back in the South Western League the match officials voted the Kernick Road pitch as the best in the league. Thanks to the hard work and hours of dedication by their Groundsman, David Baker, the Club has retained this award in 2001-02 and 2002-03. This year has also seen the ground awarded first place in the South & South West section of the FA's National pitch competition, making it one of the top 5 pitches in the whole country at this level.

The Autumn of 2002 saw Penryn Athletic link up with Falmouth United to become one of only three clubs in the County to be granted the FA's prestigious Charter Standard Community Club status, the pinnacle of the FA's club initiative. Falmouth United Football Club was formed in 1994 to provide local children somewhere to play football. As word spread the Club grew and Parents became involved, taking coaching qualifications in order to provide structured coaching for the children. At the suggestion of the CCFA the Club aimed towards FA Charter Standard. After twelve months of hard work setting up a constitution, code of conduct, development plan and a dedicated Child Protection Officer 2002 saw the Club achieve this award. The Club has 23 qualified coaches and runs 9 league teams, including mini-soccer, 11-a-side and a girl's team. The link with Penryn Athletic gives their children an opportunity to continue in football locally at a Club providing excellent coaching and football at all levels. As the 2003-04 season starts the two Clubs are working hard towards attaining grants from the Football Foundation to improve the facilities at both Penryn College and the Kernick Road ground.