Since the end of their last league campaign, Corby Town FC have busied themselves preparing for the next one, writes Stewart McNeill.

The FA have provisionally placed them in the Southern League Eastern Division for 2018/19 and before that campaign begins on August 18 a number of pre-season games have already been announced.

Graham Drury ( ex-Corby Town manager ) is set to bring his Stamford side to Steel Park on August 11. Before then Sheffield Wednesday, Oxford United and Yeovil Town from the Football League are all set to send teams to play the Steelmen.

Away games at Wellingborough and Desborough have been arranged while on the playing front Phil Trainer and Steven Leslie have moved on, and midfielder Jordan Francis along with forward Elliot Sandy have moved in. A number of other Corby players including local player Connor Kennedy have committed to the next campaign.

A setback at Stewarts and Lloyds FC as they have been denied a place in the United Counties League for next season following the FA's reorganisation. Their mens first team have struggled over the last two seasons - it's not known at time of writing where they will play instead.

The summer athletics season is underway and that meant a host of medals for Corby athletes of all ages at the county championships - including senior Golds for Niamh Bailey ( javelin ) Aidan Bailey ( javelin ) and Jordan Spence ( 100m ).

For clubs in the Corby area ( S & L, Great Oakley, Weldon, Gretton ) the Northants Cricket leagues season is underway and golfer Ryan Evans is busy on the European Tour with appearances already at events including the BMW PGA at Wentworth.

And Corby Town Table Tennis Club marked their 70th anniversary with a celebration event - the club started life as Stewarts & Lloyds back in 1948.