Cranbook manager eyeing up a successful future for the football club

PUBLISHED: 08:48 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:48 04 July 2018

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton 2nds at home to East Budleigh. Ref mhsp 40-16TI 9156. Picture: Terry Ife


There’s no doubt that the people involved with Cranbrook Football Club are keen for the community to embrace, and enjoy, their developing facilities.

Football Club team manager Jon Martin says: “There are two pitches that have been seeded and they are just off the Rockbeare straight in what used to be the old nursery. I am led to believe there are going to be a couple of pitches with one earmarked for senior football and the other for the youth section. “Its so encouraging that it seems as if, what is being considered is having facilities built to support both senior and youth football.” He continued: “I have a real passion that the facility that is eventually put up should be very much for the community in general to use and not just for the football club. The council have been brilliant and do seem to be listening and also seem to share the vision that the key to all this being a great asset for the community of Cranbrook is that we get the planning and development right first time on this. Personally I do think that is so important. “Let’s face it, this is almost a unique situation within a community that we have then chance to develop a sporting facility, playing area and clubhouse facilities that will stand for decades and be used by the wider community across those years.” Martin also feels now is the time to think further ahead and says: “Given the structure that is in place for what is called grass root and non-league football, there is a real opportunity to plan here at Cranbrook from day one for what ultimately might be a higher standard of football. In my humble opinion we have the opportunity to create and develop facilities that will allow the football club to target levels like that of South West Peninsula League football and beyond – why not think positive and think big?” Martin then turned his attention to the thriving – and growing – Cranbrook Football Club youth section. He said: “Hopefully everybody involved in the process of developing the sporting facilities will buy into the thinking of ‘get it right now and the set-up will stand the passing of time’. It would be so good to have the kids football closely entwined with the adults so that there is a clear pathway for youngsters, boys and girls, to progress though youth football into the senior game.” “The work that Steve Bampton and his fellow youth coaches are doing with the Cranbrook youngsters is top drawer and hopefully some of the younger footballers they are currently working with will indeed one day play in the town’s senior football team. “Too many youngsters are allowed to drift out of football when they leave youth level these days! I want to have a club here that will give them the opportunity to carry on playing if that is what they want to do.” There’s little doubt that Cranbrook Football Club have a vision, let’s hope everyone who can, buys into the current thinking at the club and give those running the football club all the support they can.

Pre-season training begins on Tuesday, July 10 with a 6.30pm star at the Cranbrook Education Campus. Old and new players will be made very welcome. For more information contact Jon Martin on 07968 441830 or via email at

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