The club are proud and excited to announce that we will soon be launching the Thorn Athletic Sports Academy.
We can confirm that we have taken over the full running of the former McMaster Centre/Johnstone Community Sports Complex facility based in the Thomas Shanks Public Park.
Following a recent restructure within the club a nine-member executive committee taken from a cross section of the community and a variety of professional backgrounds formed the new Thorn Athletic Community Trust.
The Trust – which is also a registered charity – will now oversee the operation of both Thorn Athletic Community Football Club and the Thorn Athletic Sports Academy.
The Thorn’s position as the biggest club in the town with almost 300 members had been firmly established in recent years.
But the launch of a new social enterprise in the area will see them build on that position as they expand to offer a wider range of activities and services to the community from the Academy facility.
Thorn Athletic Community Trust Chairperson Mark McGee said: “The new Academy and the launch of our own social enterprise in Johnstone is a significant step for the club and the wider community.
“A massive amount of work has been done over recent months during difficult circumstances to make this happen and I thank all the committee for their dedication and support.
“Our work within the community has noticeably increased in recent months but this will take us up another level.
“We already have several groups looking to utilise the new Academy and further announcements will come soon.”
More information on the project can be heard on the club’s official podcast ‘Talk of the Toon’ by clicking the link below.
We would like to thank the organisations who have assisted us during this process: Direct Engineering, Engage Renfrewshire, SenScot Legal, OSCR, Graphiki, Nicole Gilmour and CMA Creative.
The hard work starts now – C’mon the Thorn!