Plymouth Parkway has big ambitions – and this month a project to build a new clubhouse will begin.
This will add to the existing changing room building and will include a new bar and function facilities.
The team was originally formed in 1988 when a group of players left the youth team Plymouth Kolts and joined the Plymouth and District League in Division 4.
In its first season the club gained promotion and then moved the Parkway Sports Club.
The club carried on to be promoted in successive seasons until it reached Division one and was waiting to join the Premier Division when the Devon League was formed in 1992.
In the 2006/07 season the club entered the FA Vase for the first time, making it to the second qualifying round in their first attempt.
A season later they became founding members of the South West Peninsula League, when the South Western Football League and the Devon County Football League merged.
The club has remained in the premier division of the South West Peninsula League ever since and continue to play in the blue and yellow colours of their original sponsor, Exeter Airport.
The identity of the football club has been built on the drive to improve and progress on and off the pitch.
Having spent nearly 20 years in the South Western leagues, at the end of the 2015/16 campaign the club’s officials decided that they wanted to put a plan together to move even further up the football pyramid.
In order to achieve that goal, it was identified that Plymouth Parkway as a business was missing a few things.
Subsequently, it was a busy summer before the 2016/17 season – the result of which Plymouth Parkway merged with another ambitious Plymouth football club formally named as Bar Sol Ona.
Mark Russell, became the new chairman of Plymouth Parkway from Bar Sol Ona. Plymouth Parkway’s former chairman, Jim Parsons, became club president and former general manager, Gez Baggott, became the vice chairman.
The merger and the new face brought with it a fresh drive and ambition for the club to progress – not to mention stronger financial capabilities.
The members of the board (including long-term club secretary Genny Turner) made their intentions known immediately by applying for promotion to the Toolstation Western Football League, which was secured in April 2018.