The club is working hard to build partnerships with the whole community and we are now ‘Working in Partnership’ with Coombeshead Academy which will give students and young players the opportunity to link up with the club to learn new skills.

This joint partnership is using the slogan ‘Achieving Excellence Together’ and this message is now displayed on a large advertising board beside the new turnstile entrance at Homers Heath – and also on the fence of the allweather pitch, next to the main road, at Coombeshead Academy.

John Piller, the commercial manager at Buckland, explained the reasons behind the link-up. “The main objective of this project is to give the young people of Newton Abbot an opportunity to get involved with a progressive club in the national football pyramid,” he said. “Both male and female students at Coombeshead will be given the opportunity to involve themselves with the club at all levels – not necessarily just as players.

He added, the club will also welcome students who wish to be involved with photography, reporting and social media. “Through this, students will also get the opportunity to work closely with the sports desk at the Herald Express and receive guidance from the sports editor Richard Hughes. “This can be for a period of time to complete work studies or projects – or for longer if required.

“Furthermore, for those senior students who are considering a career in rehabilitation and sports therapy, the club can arrange observations and opportunities to spend time with the clubs two professional physiotherapists to give them a real life experience.