Thornaby Football Club received a much needed and appreciated cheque from the Inland Revenue sports association on Saturday. The money was as a result of a collection at the HM revenue and customs office in Thornaby, which was the office of late former secretary Peter Morris. His widow Gillian Morris was at the ground just before Thornaby played Chester le Street to present the cheque of £278 to Club Chairman Lawrence Lyons.
The Teesdale Park ground upgrade is almost complete with the final concreting for the hard standing around the pitch due to be completed by the end of March. Further work is continuing and the committee are working hard have it all completed before next season where they hope all other issues will be resolved on the site. The ground has received nothing but praise from visiting teams and now hosts an licensed bar and improved changing facilities.
The club hope to have two Over 35 s teams playing on the top pitch during the summer break to help bring in much needed revenue, all games to be played on Friday evenings commencing in April. The club and committee have been supported by the residents group ” Friends of Teesdale Park” who use the facilities.
In September, Children from the local Bishopton centre Pupil referral unit, which helps children with behaviour issues has helped by developing teaching areas within the site, this has also been beneficial to the local primary schools and the Thornaby academy. A bid has also been made to the Football foundation grow your game fund to develop Under 7/8 teams over the coming seasons by using existing coaches from the first team and working closely with the local Thornaby academy facility manager Steve Newham who is also a registered player at Thornaby. The club are hoping to use the extensive facilities at the Academy (astro turf/sports hall) as a base in coming months to reduce the wear and tear on the Teesdale Park grass pitches.
It has also been very satisfying to see a couple of Thornaby’s junior players breaking into the first team Joe Carter (17) who scored at Whitehaven a few weeks ago and both Lewis Hopson and Charlie Raby also only 17 came on yesterday against Chester le Street and the latter providing an all important pass for the equaliser goal.
On a personal note "I have took the opportunity in recent weeks of releasing a few players who were not in my plans for next season and plan to introduce younger locally based players " more hungry and wanting to prove themselves in the Northern League. All this on our limited budget of travelling expenses only.
The club are also hoping to introduce an Junior football festival in the summer to boost the use of the facilities (CLUBHOUSE ) which are available for hire, (usually free), contact Ray Morton on firstname.lastname@example.org
or Trevor Wing on Trevor.email@example.com
. The facilities are also being used by the local Council Eastern area partnership board in July for a meeting and there is a planned visit next month from the Chief Executive of Stockton council Neil Schneider and councillor Steve Walmsley , a member of the committee , to look round the Park and facilities. A leaflet drop is planned over coming months to attract supporters and families to the Park which we are all really proud of.