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AGM 2018-2019 season

Following our AGM last night, the following main committee members are as follows. These have not changed but I ask that people consider getting involved with the committee as we will be looking to refill these roles next year as two have already given 12 months notice of retirement from Purnells which is sad after 12 years.
Chairman - Simon Gould
Secretary - Claire Burton
Child Welfare Officer - Claire Burton
Treasurer - Paul Belson
Assist Welfare Officer - Alison Louise Humphries
Please do have a think and get in touch if you feel you can help in any way, however small. The more help the better :)
U12 Girls League and Cup winners 2019
U11 Sports League Winners 2019
U11 Sports League Winners 2019
U11 Sports Proud Manager & newly qualified UEFA B coach
Purnells Ladies Dawn Prior Memorial Cup Winners 2019
U12 Girls League, Cup and Tournament winners 2019 :)


All advertising board companies are on display under the tab Company Profile :)


Hi Everyone. Are you looking for ways to advertise your business? We, Purnell sports Youth, have available board space at our Cam Valley Playing Fields for you to highlight your company.
The sizes are as follows along with the cost per board:-
2.9 x 1 mtr = £100
1.9 x 1 mtr = £75
0.9 x 1 mtr = £50
2.4 x 1 mtr = £85
1.2 x 1 mtr = £55
On top of the board printing cost, there is an initial annual fee of £100 and thereafter it will be a yearly payment of £50 if you wish to keep it on display.
We would need the art work from you so we can get a proof of the sign made up for your approval.
If you are interested or know someone that would be, please get in touch with myself on either of the contacts below. The most popular size is currently 2.4 x 1 at £85 for the board as these fit around the pitch fencing.
Kind Regards
Claire Burton on 07518 034988 or

Purnell Sports Kickers - Disability Play

Welcome to Purnell Sports Kickers. We are pleased to be able to offer football to all children aged between 5-12 years with physical or learning disabilities. With Support from Somerset FA we can offer training on Saturday mornings 10-11am starting at the beginning of April at Norton Hill indoor Sports Hall. The cost per session will be £2.50 hosted by qualified Level 1/Disability Coaches. Please get in touch with Claire Burton or Alison Louise Humphries to express an interest and find out more details. Exciting times :)



Hi All, over the coming days ALL our players parents will be asked for their full name, date of birth, address, email and mobile number due to the FA moving towards (for next season) gaining parents consent on the WGS (Whole Game System) for their child to play despite them having completed League and Club forms. This is a massive task that I, as Club Secretary and Welfare Officer has to complete and with 300+ players I am sure you will appreciate how much of my own time as a volunteer this will take up. I spent a good couple of hours last night on just one team and there is still another 17 teams to go!!!! I need to make a start now due to the huge list of other Club jobs I do especially for Club affiliations and registrations etc for each new season and to have this as well to add to the WGS is something I need to crack on with now and gradually input. Each Manager has been given a form to complete asking for the above information but if you want to start the process to help me, please private message me with your child's name, age group and the details needed above. If you already have a FAN number from your own coaching/playing days please also provide this.
Due to my own current health situation, if anyone would like to help me with inputting some of this by doing the typing whilst I read out the information to them, please please step forward. I will provide the tea and biscuits.
Can I finally just say this is something that has to be done so your co-operation is essential. Thanks in advance. Claire x


Hi all. Our Kids Club has gone from strength to strength with 3 fantastic age groups providing football for so many local young children.
We currently have space within the U5 age group - Reception year (01/09/13 - 31/08/14) so if you have a child or know one that would be keen to join please private message me for more details.
U6 - year 1 (01/09/12 - 31/08/13) and U7 - year 2 (01/09/11 - 31/08/12) are currently full with a waiting list but both would welcome volunteer helpers to enable us to bring those on the waiting list forward so there will be two complete teams in each age group. If you would be willing to help either team please get in touch with me. Your child may already be on the waiting list so please do have a think and fingers crossed you might make the decision to volunteer. All of us started helping by watching our children and wanting to ensure they play a sport they love. I’m still here nearly 14 years later with no child playing or even understand the offside rule 🤔😳.
Either pm me or text on 07518 034988.
Regards. Claire x


Exciting news - We now have a brand new girls team for current school year 4 & 5 girls - U10's. If your daughter or someone you know is keen to play a sport that is becoming more and more popular with girls and ladies, and are born between 01/09/08 - 31/08/10 then please get in touch with us for more details. Training is on a Wednesday, 5.30-6.30pm at Somervale School Astroturf. Shin Pads and appropriate clothing for the weather plus drinks are essential. You can contact Martin Kerton on the number under our team page for all the information you need. 😁


Do you know what to do if a child is concussed? Read the attached link for useful information.


Polite Reminder - Our Cam Valley Playing Fields are a smoking free zone. If you wish to partake in a cigarette, can you please return to the carpark where we have allowed smoking to continue. It is just not allowed around the pitches during training or matches following a grant we received to make it safer for our players x


Just gaining interest at the moment, but we would like to offer children the chance to do a 1st Aid Qualification with one of our coaches who is a qualified Emergency Aid Instructor. The cost per child would be approximately £10 and we would aim to do in age bands 8-11 and 12-16. We would then aim to offer a course to parents if they would like to do one. If this is something that would interest your child or yourself, please comment below so we can put together a list so dates can then be arranged etc. It is a good opportunity for everyone to learn those potential life changing skills. Claire x


If anyone is interested please message me on 07518 0340988 or



HI All. We use the attached easyfundraising link to raise funds for the Club. With everyone doing online shopping these days it is free and easy to join and helps us raise those extra valuable pennies when people shop.

Follow the link and chose Purnell Sports Youth as your cause and sign up. Really appreciative if you will.  Kind Regards. Claire x


We are thrilled to announce we have been chosen as a finalist at this years Bath Sports Awards to be hosted at Bath Racecourse on 9th November. We are so excited and proud to have been nominated and selected along with 3 other local sporting clubs. Fingers Crossed.  


UPDATE - Unfortunately we did not win but what an incredible honour being in a room with amazing sports men and women, olympic/parlympic medalists. A wonderful evening was had by us that attended.

New teams

We have gone into the new season with an incredible set up of teams. As well as the usual from U8 - U16 we have the following:-

Kids Club has been running for 5 weeks and the turnout has been incredible - 40 children signed up aged between 4-7 years old.

Two girls teams - one becoming two due to the fantastic numbers turning up so we now have U11 and U12 girls teams.

Ladiies are fully up and running and have already taken part in many tournaments. Pretty in Pink.


Youth Council

A massive congratulations to Jacob Smith, one of our U18 players, who has just been offered the position of Project Officer for Somerset FA Youth Council. This is a fantastic opportunity for Jacob who fully deserves this role. He is already a member of our club youth committee so for him to be recognised through applying for the position is wonderful. A big well done from us all here.


FA Award

Congratulations to Claire Burton, our Club Secretary/Child Welfare Officer who picked up the Child Welfare Officer of the Season award at this years Somerset FA Presentation evening in July. 

Under 18 Somerset FA Cup Winners - Write up by Jacob Smith

Thanks to Jacob Smith for taking the time and effort to write this wonderful report which I have sent off tonight to the local papers, The Somerset Guardian, Journal and Western Daily Press. I have also sent it to the Somerset Fa journalist to see if he can publish it elsewhere and on the FA website. The only problem being Jacob himself is missing from the cup holding photo, where is he hiding???


Purnells U18s run out winners in the Somerset U18 Shield Final.

Newly -developed Purnells U18s played a resolute Weston St Johns U18s team at The Tannery, Home of Street FC, in the Somerset U18 Shield Final.

Purnells started the game well with prolific marksman Smith putting the keeper to good work within the first opening minutes of the half. His strike partner Jennings also had a good chance to get the game rolling however fired narrowly wide of the target.

The solid defence of Young, Yarlett and Thomas dealt well with the ever-present target man for the Saints, as well as 'keeper Rogers who had to be on his toes once or twice.

MacDonald showed great skill on the left hand side of the midfield to get his shot away, which was put out for a corner by the Saints keeper. Sawyer swung the ball into the danger area from the corner and although it was cleared away, Hooper still found the back of the net through a number of Orange and Blue shirts to put Purnells into a 1-0 lead.

Macguire, Hooper and Sawyer all worked the midfield well, and with Williams a constant threat down the Purnells right it was only a matter of time before Purnells doubled their lead. Manager Thomas wanted to keep the midfield fresh, replacing MacDonald with Horman and Bridges on for Williams.

Skilful winger Horman's first involvement was picking up the ball in the opposition half, beating his man with skill straight from the training ground, and crossing low for midfield maestro Sawyer to fire home and increase Purnells' lead at the end of the first half.

The Saints came back at Purnells in the second half, and with the introduction of the impact subs the Saints grabbed one back. Purnells were starting to lack in midfield and attack, so to remove this Manager Thomas brought front-man Smith off for creator White and Macdonald on for Bridges due to his more defensive workrate.

Saints moved further and further up the pitch, and after a top-drawer save from Rogers, Manager Thomas switched winger Horman for Williams to try and double up on the danger man on the wing.

The Saints went through on goal again and it could have been all over for Purnells, if it wasn't for centre-back Young who put his body on the line and ended up coming off after the block with a serious nose bleed. Sturdy centre back Brereton was still warming up, therefore Purnells had to play with 10 men for a few minutes.

Young was ok to come back on, however after a Vinny Jones-esque challenge on the opponent that left him injured, Hooper was the one to be replaced; meaning commanding captain Yarlett moved up into central midfield and Brereton slotted into the heart of the defence.

Thomas and Williams had the Saints left winger in their pockets, however Young and MacDonald could not cope with the pacey right winger; and after a run into the box Young brought the winger down and the Saints scored the resultant penalty to make it 2-2.

From there it was end to end, with Purnells having a penalty shout turned down and a fine save from Rogers who kept Purnells in it with 10 minutes to go.

Following great work from striker Jennings and White, who was brought down for a free kick, Thomas whipped the resultant kick in gloriously and Captain Yarlett used his long legs to stab it into the back of the net to put Purnells 3-2 up with 5 minutes to go.

The referee blew his whistle for the final time, and all players shook hands and Weston St Johns presented with their medals, and of course Purnells who were also presented with their well-earned trophy. Manager Thomas said that he was 'as happy as Larry' when picking up his medal, and is hoping to add to it next season.

The Players would like to thank all supporters who have supported them throughout this season, as well as Kit Sponsors Andrew and Vicki Smith. We would also like to thank the Gaffer Dave Thomas for his hard work and commitment this season.

Just to add at the bottom:-
We as a committee are extremely proud of each and every one of the squad, and would like to thank Dave for taking the team over when the lads were let down and the team nearly ended folding approximately 6 months ago. What a way to end the season. Well done everyone!!

Purnells U16 before their last ever match together. Playing with 10 men they won 4-0 and played absolutely brilliantly. Even the referee said they were the better side. Sad day for some of us but well done lads you have done us proud.

Purnells Youth Committee win award

A very big congratulations to our Youth Player Committee who won an award this week at Somerset FA County Awards. They won the "Empowering Youth Award" for all they do to ensure our club players get a say in how things are run. Well done to Claire and her team.

Latest comments

15.11 | 11:01

Hi. We currently don't have that age group so sorry I can't help at the moment. We are aiming to relook at this come new year. Kind Regards

15.11 | 08:04

Hi I am looking for a football club for my son who is 5 at the end of the month, would you be able to send me some details over of what you have please

24.06 | 14:10

Hi Can you please email me on and I can chat with you. Kind regards. Claire

24.06 | 12:41

can my son charley childs join a purnells u16 team however hes autistic