Tuffley Rovers News
Rovers Purchase Glevum Park - 26 April
Tuffley Rovers might have struggled to retain their place in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division this season but they have taken a massive step in improving their long-term future, after they completed the purchase of their home ground, Glevum Park, yesterday.
In addition, the Gloucester club have recently been able to secure planning permission to support developments to their ground, which will help ensure that it meets strict FA Ground Grading criteria for clubs at Step 5 of the non-league game.
The purchase of Glevum Park from owners National Grid, less a year before the expiry of their current lease, was supported by a successful grant application to Sport England and has taken almost two years of careful negotiation and planning. Executive Chairman, Neil Brinkworth, explained "We have had some really positive discussions and negotiations with National Grid. Although we had some initial concerns about securing the club's future at our home, everything has gone to plan and the site owners, as well as their agent Capita, have been incredibly helpful in supporting this deal to be completed."
Mr Brinkworth also had a special thank you for Sport England, who have provided significant funding support which has made the deal possible. "Without the incredibly generous grant which Sport England have been able to award, we would have struggled to raise the funds to meet the costs associated with this project", he explained. "With their backing, however, we will now be able to see football played at this site for the foreseeable future, as it has been for over 30 years."
The bonus news has been confirmation of the planning permission that will allow Rovers to make further improvements to the facilities at their home ground. "Following our promotion last year, we have a limited timeframe in which to undertake improvements to the site. The majority of those works have now been completed but the club could not risk spending money on the more significant works until the site was legally our own", said Secretary, Neil Spiller. "We now need to ensure that we have a standing area for a minimum of 100 spectators in place before the Hellenic League AGM in June. Proposals have already been developed and we now need to get on with the work at the earliest opportunity", he added.
Rovers finished their league season in 17th position, the last of the four relegation places from the Uhlsport Hellenic League, Premier Division but their fate might not yet be sealed, if other clubs don’t have the necessary facilities to achieve promotion. Irrespective of which division they will play in next year, Rovers intend to progress the works at the ground as far as they can before the visit of Aston Villa Old Stars on Sunday, 29 May, a game which has been arranged to support local charity The James Hopkins Trust.
Search For New Manager Underway - 25 April
With their competitive season completed, Tuffley Rovers are on the trail of a new first team manager, ahead of their 2016/17 campaign.
Shayne Bradley had taken on the role, on an interim basis, following Warren Evans’ resignation in March, but the club are keen to look at all options before making what they hope will be a long-term appointment.
“We are looking to recruit a manager who can both develop the players we already have at the club and also bring in some new faces to add a little more quality”, said Club Secretary Neil Spiller.
Rovers finished the season in 17th position in the Uhlsport Hellenic League, Premier Division and whilst this is technically a relegation position, their fate is not yet sealed. “We are aware that there have been many occasions when a team has not been relegated from a similar position”, said Spiller, “either because other sides don’t have the facilities required at this level or because they choose not to make the step into what is a very competitive level of football”.
Despite this potential uncertainty, Rovers are keen to appoint a new manager and are inviting those interested to contact the club.
“We’re aiming to appoint the new manager well before the pre-season period, so that they have the maximum time possible to plan for the new season”, Spiller explained.
Anyone interested in taking up the role should contact Spiller, via the club’s e-mail account – email@example.com – on or before 4pm on 15 May 2016.
Bradley Moves To Reinvigorate Rovers’ Season - 14 March
Caretaker Manager, Shayne Bradley, who was appointed to the role on Thursday, has moved quickly to reinforce the Tuffley Rovers squad, after Saturday’s comprehensive defeat against relegation rivals Bracknell Town.
Bradley has brought in former Rovers player Liam Harding on a dual registration from Evesham United and is in the process of completing the transfer of Dorian Colling, from fellow Uhlspprt Hellenic League side Lydney Town. The new Rovers manager sees both as ideal candidates to help improve his side.
“Dorian is a proven goalscoring at this level but will also bring some much needed experience to our frontline”, said Bradley. “I’ve also brought in Liam Harding, with the consent of Evesham United, as he knows the club, having played first team football here a few years ago, and he’ll add a bit of quality and creativity to our midfield. He needs to recover his fitness, following some recent injuries and Evesham were happy for him to come to us.”
Bradley hasn’t ruled out more signings before the end of the season. “We have a very young squad and although there is plenty of ability, we need a little more knowledge and know-how if we are to get ourselves out of the bottom four of this division. If I can bring in one or two more players, to add to what we already have, it will give us a real chance of climbing the table.”
Rovers hope to complete the signing of both Harding and Colling ahead of tomorrow’s local derby against Longlevens. Kick-off is 7:45pm at Glevum Park.
Bradley Takes Rovers Bridle - 11 March
Just four days after Warren Evans’ resignation, Tuffley Rovers have appointed former Southampton player Shayne Bradley as Caretaker Manager until the end of the 2015/16 playing season.
With their place in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division at risk, as they currently sit in the relegation places, Rovers have moved quickly to add some stability to the management team, ahead of a crucial run-in that will see eleven league games between 12 March and 16 April.
“Our committee discussed various options and considered a number of candidates but it was evident that stability was the key and we felt that Shayne, who has been with the club for a number of years, was the best option in the short-term”. Club Secretary, Neil Spiller explained.
Bradley had a spell in charge of The Rovers previously but then concentrated on his playing career and has regularly scored goals for the club over the past few seasons. Although injuries have limited his appearances in recent months, he is Rovers’ most experienced player and has both coaching and management experience.
“I have a real affection for Tuffley Rovers”, said Bradley, “and I had no hesitation in accepting this opportunity when I was approached”. “The team is in a difficult situation but I couldn’t do anything other than step in to help. If we can get all players giving 100% and applying themselves every game, I am confident we can avoid relegation”.
Bradley feels that his familiarity with a number of players in the existing squad will help him secure the points Rovers need.
“I have played with, coached and managed several of the players before, both at Tuffley Rovers and when I had a coaching role with Gloucester City. I am fiercely committed to getting the players to show pride in playing for this club and if we can secure three or four wins from our eleven games, I am confident that will be enough to keep our place in the division.”
Club Chairman, Neil Brinkworth was pleased to confirm Bradley’s appointment. “We considered a number of potential options, including bringing in someone completely new to the club, but Shayne has a real affinity with the club and knows the squad, so it ended up being a relatively easy decision to make”.
Bradley will start with a baptism of fire, as Rovers host Bracknell Town, who sit one place above them in the table, at 3pm on Saturday, followed by a local derby against Longlevens at 7:45pm on Tuesday.
End. Both games are at Glevum Park and admission is £3 (£1 concessions).
Rovers Preparing For Life After Evans - 7 March
Tuffley Rovers will begin the search for a new manager, after Warren Evans stood down, following Saturday's defeat at Binfield.
The defeat left Rovers deep in relegation trouble but Evans has been forced to stand down due to increasing work commitments and family issues that have meant he has been unable to fully commit to the role for the remainder of the season. "With some recent developments, I am simply finding it increasingly difficult to commit to the role in the way I feel I would like to and there was a real chance that I would be unable to attend midweek fixtures in coming weeks, at what will be a vital time for the club", Evans said.
Club Chairman, Neil Brinkworth, said "We are incredibly grateful to Warren for his services over the past two seasons. He helped us achieve our goal of returning to the Hellenic League Premier Division and we've had some terrific memories, including our return to playing in the FA Vase and FA Cup. We've had some moments to savour since his appointment and, although we totally understand the need for him to now stand down, the committee members are incredibly thankful for his contribution to our achievements."
Evans is confident that he will remain involved with a Hellenic League Premier Division club, despite the current struggles. "I'm likely to miss half of the remaining games, which isn't the right way to manage a football club, at this level, so I have had to make a very difficult decision in the best interests of the club. I'm confident the squad will survive relegation and we just need to secure a couple of wins against sides in our part of the league to probably make that a reality."
Evans leaves the side in 18th place in the division, with 24 points from 26 games, following promotion last season. Next up our leaders Thatcham Town on Tuesday evening, before a clash against 17th placed Bracknell Town at Glevum Park on Saturday.
Rovers All Set For Non-League Day - 9 October
It is National Non-League Day 2015 tomorrow and Tuffley Rovers will be lending their support, as well as looking to raise money for a local charity, when they host Brackley Town Saints in the Uhlsport Hellenic League, Premier Division, in a 3pm kick-off at Glevum Park.
National Non-League Day is an annual event and will be running for the sixth time this season, having first started in 2010. It is always scheduled to coincide with an international break, providing a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable, volunteer led community football, while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.
In order to encourage supporters to attend this Saturday’s fixture, Rovers will be offering admission on a ‘Pay What You Want’ basis. Prices are normally £3 for adults, with concessions at £1. As ever, all under 16 supporters will be entitled to the free admission at Glevum Park. In addition, the club will offer half-price tea and coffee to all spectators.
Rovers have previously identified The James Hopkins Trust as their preferred charity and will be asking all paying supporters to donate £1 of their chosen admission rate to this worthy cause.
“We rely entirely on volunteers to make things tick at our club and although we get reasonable crowds at our home games, it would be great to see some additional supporters coming through the turnstiles on this particular day, to offer extra support for the club and more generally recognising the value and importance of the Non-League game”, said Secretary Neil Spiller. “In addition, it would be great if we could raise some more money for The James Hopkins Trust, who are a fantastic charity, providing wonderful support to disabled and life-limited children and their families.”
Gates open at 1:30pm and Rovers will be looking to get their season back on track by recording their first league victory since 22 August.
Rovers Start Preparations For New Season - 25 June
Tuffley Rovers will begin their preparation for the new football season, which promises to be full of new challenges, when pre-season training commences at Glevum Park next Tuesday, 30 June (6:30pm).
Following their promotion to the Hellenic Premier Division, Rovers will be returning to the highest level the club has ever played at, ten years after they were force to quit, due to financial constraints. They join in the division three other Gloucestershire sides, including established Premier side Brimscombe & Thrupp, as well as fellow promoted sides, Longlevens and Lydney Town.
After a successful 2014/15, manager Warren Evans (pictured) is looking forward to the season ahead. “We’ve stepped up to a higher level this season - faster than we had planned – and I’m hoping that the pre-season period will help me in building a sizeable squad, of good quality players, for the season ahead”, Evans said. “I’ve invited a few new players to train with us and I hope that they will enjoy the pre-season training and then play for us through the course of the next season.”
Evans is also slightly apprehensive about the pre-season period, having seen several players pick up injuries ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. “I am praying we can come through this pre-season injury free and ready to compete at a new level”, he said. “If we can, a number of players will have the opportunity to step up to a level where they haven’t previously had the opportunity to play”.
If Rovers can get through the pre-season period in good form and without a catalogue of injuries, the Rovers manager is confident that they can hold their own at a higher level. “I am hoping that my young squad – with many players under 23 years of age – can continue to progress and improve, as they did last season; but I have no doubt that there will be some very difficult times. However, there will also be some fantastic opportunities to play against some good quality sides and at some terrific venues”, Evans continued.
“If we can find the discipline, patience and consistency to ensure that we take our chances and capitalise on good possession, I am confident that the players I have will rise to the challenge”.
Rovers have lined up six games over the pre-season period:
11 July v Pegasus Juniors (Home, 3pm)
14 July v Chipping Sodbury Town (Away, 7pm)
18 July v Hereford Lads Club (Home, 3pm)
25 July v Cirencester Town (Home, 3pm)
29 July v Gala Wilton (Away, 7pm)
1 August v Ellwood (Away, 3pm)
Rovers will be offering free admission to all home games, as they look to welcome in new supporters, ahead of the competitive season, and give their regular support an opportunity to see the improvements at their ground.
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