Breath of fresh air put into Godolphin
Breath of fresh air put into Godolphin
Atlantic haven’t played a competitive match since Boxing Day last year. PICTURE: PAUL WILLIAMS
26th May 2021
By Tom Howe
Godolphin Atlantic have kicked-off a summer of renovation with manager Adam Paterson promising the club will look ‘very different’ on and off the pitch next season.
The club’s form has taken a hit in recent years, with battles at the top of the South West Peninsula League (SWPL) replaced by a fight for step five survival. The struggling nature of the team was mirrored somewhat in their facilities, with a breath of fresh air badly required for both the playing and non-playing side of the club.
Paterson and club coach, Josh Stockdale, have worked hard developing a squad to tackle next season’s SWPL while also helping to relaunch Godolphin’s reserve team and drawing up plans for the formation of an under-18s side.
In turn, a lot of time and effort is going into making sure Godolphin Way is ‘a nice place to visit and a nice place to play’, with phase one seeing the infamous potholed lane into the ground relaid with fresh tarmac last week.
“It is the first part of a bigger plan for our renovations,” Paterson explained to the Voice. “We don’t want to give too much away but it is a really exciting time. There are a lot more renovations going on at the ground in terms of our off the pitch facilities and we are looking to invest heavily this year.
“When I joined as a player last season, I said if we were ever going to do anything then that lane was the first thing. To actually see that done is quite nice. We have been meeting every week and making sure that what we are planning is coming through. The last thing we want is to put this plan in place and for it to never happen.
“It shows the club is willing to put their side towards what Josh and I want to achieve.
“We have got a schedule in place and are going to make sure we keep hitting targets week by week so that, come the start of the season, we will be a very different looking Godolphin off and on the field.
“When you turn up it isn’t really a pleasant place to play if I am being honest. It has let itself go a little bit. We want to try and make it a home and somewhere people want to come and play. It is about making it a nice place to visit and a nice place to play.”
Paterson was speaking after taking the manager’s job on a permanent basis following the departure of previous incumbent Paul Clarke.
Clarke took on the role in October and, working alongside Paterson and Stockdale, oversaw an improvement in fortunes on and off the pitch.
“It is a hard one,” admitted Paterson. “It was a bit of a surprise for him to make the decision that he made. What he did for us was exactly what the club needed.
“He came in, steadied the ship and helped bring in players that balanced areas in which we were weak. I still think that, if the season had finished, we would have survived in the end.
“A massive thank you to him for everything he has done. He presented Josh and I with this opportunity. We wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t for him and we wish him well.”
While their 2020-21 season is at an end, Godolphin will continue training at Treviglas throughout the summer while work continues to improve the facilities at Godolphin Way.
In preparation for the new campaign, they will restart pre-season properly on June 19 with two home friendly fixtures confirmed thus far, one against Goonhavern Athletic and the other versus Plymouth Marjon.
“We know exactly where we are in terms of the players we have brought in, the players we need to strengthen the squad and those that need to drop into our second team for minutes to continue their development.
“It is a shame the season wasn’t finished [due to covid-19] but it is good that it has allowed us to properly reevaluate and rebuild.”