TAUNTON Town unveiled the club's new ground sponsor on Friday, with a national healthcare provider coming on board at Wordsworth Drive.

The Peacocks' home is now called the Cygnet Health Care Stadium, following an official ceremony at the ground, with Taunton mayor Fran Smith cutting the ribbon.

Hazel Prior-Sankey, of Somerset West and Taunton District Council, was also present for the event.

Taunton chairman Kevin Sturmey said on Friday that the sponsorship deal had been agreed quickly, with just one meeting, and added that it was "great to have a large organisation wanting to be a part of us".

Rowan Marriott, head of resourcing at Cygnet, said that the two organisations "share a lot of the same values", and that the partnership was an "exciting opportunity".

Cygnet Health Care was established in 1988, and provides services for individuals with mental health needs and learning disabilities across the UK.

The site which is now Cygnet Hospital Taunton – Orchard Portman House – was purchased by the company in February 2015, having previously been a nursing home.

Now it offers inpatient services for older adults with mental health problems and for men diagnosed with a learning disability.


TAUNTON play their first pre-season friendly match tomorrow night (ko 7.45pm), away to Tavistock AFC.

Their hosts won promotion from the South West Peninsula League to the Western League for 2019/20.

The Peacocks follow that match with another trip to Western League opposition, in the shape of Bridgwater Town, on Friday (ko 7.45pm).