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Rovers Looking To Continue Warm Welcome - 1 July

Having had the honour of being voted the Uhlsport Hellenic League, Premier Division’s “Most Hospitable Club” for the second year in succession, Tuffley Rovers are resting on their laurels and have already started to look at improving the welcome on offer to visiting clubs and officials with the addition of some new facilities, but are also looking to ensure that paying spectators retain good value for the 2018/19 season, with the release of a season ticket that will cost just £35 for all league and league cup games.

After a creditable tenth placed finish in the Premier Division table in 2017/18, Rovers will be hoping for another positive season on the pitch, but the addition of a new hospitality room, burger bar and hard-standing area means that their facilities have taken another step in the right direction. In addition, new dugouts have been installed at Glevum Park, with a modern design replacing the breeze-block construction that had been in place for many years.
“We don’t have a playing budget, which can be make it difficult to progress on the field, but the club’s committee are focused on ensuring that we continue to develop our facilities, for the benefit of all”, confirmed Chairman/Secretary, Neil Spiller. “Whilst there is still plenty to do, we’ve come a long way since returning to the Hellenic League and our aim is to make sure it is somewhere that people want to visit, whether from the local community or from further afield.”

Spiller was quick to point to the support his club had received from the Football Foundation, whose funding support had been instrumental in helping make the ground improvements possible. “Without access to the funding provided by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) over the past three years, we might never have been able to even start the changes we’ve introduced, let alone continue the developments once the first phase of essential changes had been made”, Spiller added. “We aren’t yet finished but the bulk of the work is done and we hope people will enjoy and appreciate the benefits”, he added.

Despite the costs involved in the Glevum Park improvements, Rovers are continuing to offer regular supporters good value for money, as they launch their 2018/19 season ticket, with the opportunity to attend all the club’s game for less than £2 per fixture. Tickets, which have now gone on sale, will be priced at £35, with guaranteed admission to nineteen league games and any home draws in the league cup competitions.


“Last season we had the sixth biggest average crowd in the Hellenic League Premier Division and we feel that a contributing factor is our efforts to provide value for money”, said Spiller. “So, even though we considered increasing admission rates, they will stay at the same level (£5 per game; £3 concessions; with U16s offered free entry), with a season ticket also available for just £35. We feel that represents good value and hope that it will help us not only maintain a good level of spectator support, but also increase the number of people watching games.”
Anyone interested in signing up for a season ticket should contact the club via admin@tuffleyroversfc.co.uk or their social media pages.

Rovers begin their pre-season fixture schedule with a visit to Hereford Lads Club on Monday evening, with the game kicking-off at 7:15pm in Hereford.

 

Returning Rovers Takes On Reserves’ Mantle - 31 May

Former Tuffley Rovers player Dan Gillespie is relishing a return to the club, after being appointed as the new manager of the club’s reserve team, ahead of the 2018/19 playing season.

Despite plenty of positives for the club during 2017/18, when the club’s Hellenic League secured a 10th place finish in the Hellenic League’s Premier Division, at the end of manager Mark Pritchett’s second full season, and a youthful reserve squad finally began to become a source for first team players, the second string squad struggled for consistency and their place in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League, Division One was only secured in the closing weeks of the season.

Former Forest Green Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Gloucester City player Tommy Callinan then decided to step away from his role in the reserve team set-up, having joined at the start of the season, in a triumvirate including Russ Williams and Phil Ryder-Jones, which left the club with a potential vacancy, which former Tytherington Rocks boss, Gillespie, is delighted to fill.

Gillespie was the club’s third team manager prior to leaving for The Rocks at the start of the 2016/17 season, and he was pleased to have the opportunity to return to the club he represented during their County League days. "It's great to be back at the club”, he confirmed. "I had a good opportunity to manage at Hellenic League level when I left Tuffley for Tytherington Rocks, two years ago, and although it wasn't a long tenure I learnt as a manager and gained some valuable experience.”

Gillespie was out of the game for a short period, but had a spell at County League side Gala Wilton before his appointment to the new role.  "Having recently been at Gala Wilton, on a short term basis as a first team coach, it was there where I realised that I needed to pursue my main goal and that's to manage at the highest standard I can. Coming back to Tuffley is now a chance for me to settle down and progress as a manager at a well-run and forward moving club. The aim now is to bridge the gap between the first team and the reserve side and build a side that can challenge for honours”, he concluded.

First team boss Pritchett confirmed he was consulted on the appointment, which he gave his full-backing to, particularly as Gillespie will work with Williams and Ryder-Jones, who had been integral in the development of the squad over the past twelve months. "I see this as a great appointment for our reserve team squad and the club as a whole”, said Pritchett. "Dan brings a lot of enthusiasm and really wants to help push the club forward. Along with Russ and Phil our reserves are in very good hands for the season ahead.”

Pritchett and Gillespie now have their sights set on the start of the new season, with Pritchett confirming pre-season training will start on Tuesday, 26 June. New, existing and returning players are welcome to train, with the session starting at 6:45pm at Glevum Park.

 

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