The history of Penryn
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
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