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The FIRST in North Region to Attain Community Status and also FIRST to Attain Legacy Status
Scottish FA Community Club of the Year 2012
Associated to Positive Coaching Scotland
Scottish FA Disability Club Status
A Brief History of Westdyke Community Club
Westdyke Community Club is a Scottish Football Association QUALITY MARK Club. The first in the North Region to attain Community Status and also the first to attain Legacy Status.
The club were voted Scottish F.A. Community Club of the Year 2012 and is a Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) club that also holds Scottish F.A. Disability Club Status.
The Club was formed as Westdyke Boys Club in 1996 and our teams are affiliated to the Aberdeen & District Juvenile Football Association. It has expanded considerably over the years and now has a membership of around 370 boys/men and 130 girls/ladies from age 5 to 40. The Club has had their share of success on the field of play and can boast trophy wins at various ages over the years. Westdyke BC was awarded the SYFA Regional Club of the Year award in 2005, and Scottish F.A Community Club of the Year 2012.
Charitable status is held from the HMRC on the basis that the Club adopted a constitution that is open to all to participate, irrespective of any factors and involvement is encouraged at all levels of ability.
The Club is administered and run by a central committee of volunteers and coaches, made up from the representation by all participating teams. We have youth coaches for all teams at minimum SFA level 3 qualifications and higher.
The Club is fortunate to have its own pitches, training area, changing accommodation and meeting facilities at Lawsondale, Westhill.
The Scottish Football Quality Mark is a youth football initiative which supports club development. It recognises the Club's organisation and administration and the coaching excellence on the pitch.
We embarked on the Quality Mark accreditation scheme in 2008, acknowledging that this process would potentially set us apart from other clubs. The Standard Award was achieved in April 2010 and we progressed to the Development Award in June 2010 and became the first team in the North Region to attain the Community Award in 2011. Following on from continued work around club development, Westdyke Community Club became the first club in the North and only the second in Scotland to achieve Legacy Status.
Our Amateur team Westdyke FC was formed in 2004 and is now an established Premier League team, playing in the Aberdeenshire AFA League. Apart from winning promotion through the various leagues, the highlight for WFC was winning the Premier Trophy in 2010.
Westdyke Girls was formed in 2010 and from initially having one team playing at U13’s we now have squads playing Ladies, U17s, U15s and U13s competitive football and girls from 5 to 11 playing development football. In 2013, the Girls section won the National award for Positive Coaching Scotland and were presented with the award at a ceremony at Hampden.
The last few years has seen the advent of coaching for the Under 8's, where the emphasis is placed on fun and enjoyment, whilst coaching the basic skills and techniques, which will hopefully stand them in good stead for the years ahead. The club also started their own Skills Academy to ensure we bed in the basics at an early age, with an emphasis on the players being comfortable on the ball, two footed and making good decisions both on and off the ball.
Our goalkeepers are not forgotten, and we have designated training sessions for them in our Westdyke Goalkeeper Academy. Westdyke Goalkeepers was set up by in 2014 and now has over 20 goalkeepers from all levels attending weekly coaching sessions.
The ethos of the Club is to promote participation and enjoyment in suitable sporting facilities for the benefit of the local community and beyond. The club have strong links with the local schools, the AFCCT, the SFA and the Russell Anderson Development School.
Westdyke Community Club is justly proud that a number of former players are currently playing at a senior level in the Highland League and at a Junior level and we strive to make every player as good as they can be.