Thorn Athletic: New Venture Launched During Lockdown

Thorn Athletic have been working on a new venture during lockdown which they hope will be a springboard to a successful future, writes Tom Scott.

The club, which has almost 400 members, opened the Thorn Athletic Sports Academy facility in Johnstone (Renfrewshire), which they will run as a Social Enterprise when the coronavirus pandemic ends.

Thorn’s aim will be to deliver a number of sporting and wellbeing activities – in addition to their Football Sessions – for the Community.

Today, Club Chairperson Mr Mark McGee revealed facilities include a Medium-Sized Sports Hall with Changing / Showers, Disabled Toilet, Storage Space, an Office, Outdoor Football Pitch, and Training Area, with Parking along with WIFI and CCTV.

In addition, The Academy will be home to other Community Organisations who can make best use of the space.

The Club will also be offering their own Children’s Party Packages, Silent Discos, Fitness Classes, Walking Football, and a variety of other services.

People will be able to book these online and pay either remotely, or by Card for the services.

The Thorn Athletic Community Trust Executive Committee, which has 11 members bringing their skills to a variety of areas, recently became a Registered Charity.

All income generated through the service provision and the newly-launched Club Lotto will be invested back into the meeting the Club’s aims of Football and Community Development.

The grass pitch at the Academy, formerly known as the McMaster Sports Centre, has been home to the Club’s Caledonian Premier League Amateur side for several years.

A spokesman for Thorn Athletic Community Trust said “The club is expanding what we deliver so we have something for all sections of the Community from very young right through to our older adult population.”

“We have basically been known only for our Football exploits in the past 20 years but that is all about to change dramatically.”

“We hope to make some more significant steps in the next 6-12 months. The Academy Facility will hopefully bring more regeneration to the area in years to come, and see the Development of our Club.”

Many thanks to Mr Mark McGee for the photographs.

Talk of the Toon Plan March Broadcast

The superb Thorn Athletic – Talk of the Toon team will be recording their March edition in the forthcoming days, writes Tom Scott.

Joining them will be the Management team of the Thorn Athletic new 35s Squad. Indications are you will be able to view their thoughts on the YouTube Channel next Wednesday (3rd March). Not to be missed!

Last Sunday, Thorn Athletic Club Chairperson Mark McGee revealed their new Over-35s team will see some familiar faces pull on the jersey once again.

The Johnstone side will have a team in the Central Region 35s League after members of an original Linwood Rangers team came across to join them.

Launching an over age team has been something ‘The Thorn’ had looked at in recent years with a high demand from former players, but the right opportunity hadn’t arisen – until now!

The team will be overseen by Garry Kerr, Iain McCallum, Brian Roberts and John McNab, and they already have an existing pool of players ready to go when football gets the green light.

It is hoped that a smooth transition will take place, and the team will continue to be sponsored by The Clippens Inn Pub in Linwood.

Speaking exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News Mark McGee said: “We’ve had a fantastic response since announcing the new team.”

“Former players have been getting in touch and hopefully they’ll be able to compliment the group of players already there.”

“The Over 35s scene was really on the up before the global pandemic struck and we are sure it’ll go from strength to strength when it returns.”

Although they have one existing sponsor, the team are keen to have new businesses involved and anyone interested should email sponsorship@thornathletic.com

Thorn Club Hit The Small Screen Amid Huge Viewing Figures

Johnstone Club Thorn Athletics Story has smashed 3k views on YouTube after featuring in a newly launched show Chit Chat with Jed & Co, writes Tom Scott.

Kindly provided by Mr Mark McGee.

Viewers hear about their modest beginnings and turbulent early years through a trophy-laden two decades, which has seen it grow rapidly to almost 400 members, and a successful Caledonian Premier League Amateur side.

The show, which is hosted by Jed McCabe and produced by Sean Gill of LabRat Productions, lasts for just short of 20 minutes and is a rollercoaster ride through the high and lows of grassroots football.

Feedback has come from across the globe and Club Chairperson Mark McGee admitted it has been great publicity for the Club.

He said “The response has been fantastic and although we are a fairly new Club in contrast to some of the more well-established trans, it was great to see that people were interested in where we originated from.”

“The show was very professionally done and credit to Jed and his team for what is a polished production.”

The show includes footage shot at the Club’s recently launched Thorn Athletic Sports Academy facility, which they hope will go from strength to strength.

Mark added “It was very enjoyable telling the story, and I think it’s a great insight into the Club’s journey.”

Thorn Gear Up For New Over-35s Team

Thorn Athletic Club Chairperson Mark McGee has revealed their new Over-35s team will see some familiar old faces pull on the jersey once again, writes Tom Scott.

The Johnstone side will have a team in the Central Region 35s League after members of an original Linwood Rangers team came across to join them.

Launching an over age team has been something ‘The Thorn’ had looked at in recent years with a high demand from former players, but the right opportunity hadn’t arisen – until now!

The team will be overseen by Garry Kerr, Iain McCallum, Brian Roberts and John McNab, and they already have an existing pool of players ready to go when football gets the green light.

It is hoped that a smooth transition will take place, and the team will continue to be sponsored by The Clippens Inn Pub in Linwood.

Speaking exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News Mark McGee said: “We’ve had a fantastic response since announcing the new team.”

“Former players have been getting in touch and hopefully they’ll be able to compliment the group of players already there.”

“The Over 35s scene was really on the up before the global pandemic struck and we are sure it’ll go from strength to strength when it returns.”

Although they have one existing sponsor, the team are keen to have new businesses involved ,and anyone interested should email sponsorship@thornathletic.com