Formed in 1963, Penryn Athletic are very much the young pretenders, just a few miles down the road from Falmouth Town FC. The club joined the Cornwall Combination League in 1977, finishing as champions four times, and runners-up once in five seasons before joining the SW League in 1985. The move to a higher level lasted just one season before they returned to the Combination after finsihing 15th (of 20).
Their domination of the Combination resumed, and they were never out of the top three over the next 14 seasons, winning it six times. Penryn took the step up into the SW League for a second time in 2000 and, although they have struggled once more, have managed to retain their place.
Prior to moving to their own ground at Kernick, close to the Asda superstore on the outskirts of the town, Penryn had played at no less than seven venues in their relatively short history. The ground itself is fairly unremarkable. There are currently no floodlights (June 2004), and the only cover is provided by a small concrete stand along one touchline. This officially provides cover for 40, with seating for 20 on a bench running along the rear of the structure.
Despite of its fairly modest size at present, the signs are there that suggest a positive future for the club.
The playing surface at Kernick has been consistently rated the best in the League, and one of the best nationally at this level of the pyramid. Meanwhile, off the pitch the club linked up with neighbouring Falmouth United in 2002 to be granted FA Community Club status. The two clubs are now working hard to secure funding from the Football Foundation to further improve facilities at Kernick and Penryn College. Presumably such improvements will include floodlights and, being outside of a residential area, there is no reason to suppose that planning permission will not be forthcoming.
The ground boasts a large car park, and a modern, if rather stark-looking clubhouse behind the near goal with a rather nice club crest outside the main door.
Although the official capacity is just 800, a crowd of around 1,400 was in attendance when Penryn hosted Sheffield United in a friendly on 21 July 2003.
Take the A39 towards Falmouth. Turn left at the roundabout by Asda (signposted Kernick Industrial Estate). Go straight over the next roundabout and the ground is half a mile on the right.
Penmere Halt (BR) on the Falmouth-Truro branch line (taxi ride)