Gold for Penwith College Community Football team
Penwith College Community Football Team have managed to win in the finals of the Spotivate Football Tournament, in their first full season of playing. The club was formed in 2015, through a joint initiative between Penwith College's Construction and Automotive Engineering Department and the Health, Wellbeing and Sport team. The club now play in the Sportivate Under 21 Flexible Football League, which is organised through the Cornwall Football Association.
The process of creating a team began over 2 years ago when the Health, Wellbeing and Sport team delivered lunch time drop-in football sessions where 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 were so enthused by the activity, that they requested help developing their own team.
Funding was secured with the help of the Health, Wellbeing and Sport team to enable them to acquire their own football kit and equipment, with Penwith College allowing the team to train and play on the college astro turf pitch. With the continued support from the Director of Penwith College, Cornwall FA and the Health, Wellbeing and Sport team regular footballing opportunities have been established for young people from the local community.
On the 26th May the Penwith College Community Football Team played in the final of the Sportivate cup where they emphatically secure victory and gold medals, by beating Newquay 7-2. John Pearce, club coach and Automotive lecturer at Penwith College said "It's 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 team".