Thorney United

2017-10-16 15.25.13

Thorney football clubs – senior and junior – are looking to merge to form one single club.

The merger is critical to gain official support to fund a new pavilion in Thorney Park.

The three councillors representing Eye, Thorney and Newborough on Peterborough City Council met with football club representatives in October to try to find a way to get things moving.

The city council owns Thorney Park and is responsible for maintaining facilities. Thorney FC now plays in the Premier Division of the Peterborough League, but they are unable to play home games in the park because facilities don’t meet the conditions required by the league.

Quotes for replacement changing rooms have come in at about £200,000 and although grants are available from the Football Association, the club needs to show it is able to raise some of its own cash before it can apply successfully.

Nigel Simons, newly elected city councillor, said he was confident that decent facilities could be provided for much less than the £200,000 quoted, but he said it was important that existing football clubs banded together to give them more weight.

“All of this is possible, look at the magnificent job Thorney Rugby Club has done. They have got a fantastic clubhouse.

“I’d like to think that with some help from the council, which will come from the sale of the old community centre and library, plus grants from the FA and wind farms, there could be new changing rooms by 2019.”

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