A Scottish Football Association QUALITY MARK Club
The FIRST in North Region to Attain Community Status, and also the FIRST to Attain Legacy Status.
Scottish F.A Community Club of the Year 2012
Associated to Positive Coaching Scotland
Scottish F.A Disability Club Status.
A very warm welcome to Westdyke Community Club.
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 220 boys and 80 girls from age 7 to 19. 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 qualification 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 two squads playing at U16’s, two squads at U13’s and teams at U11’s and U9’s with an aim to develop a Ladies section in the future. 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 continued aim is to foster the development of boys and girls at all ages.
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.
Westdyke Community Club is now seen to fully support the SFA with the recent introduction of the development of the popular 4 a side format of the small sided game. Whilst still in it's infancy and currently aimed at the under 8 age group, the Club is looking to extend this to the under 7 age groups and beyond. for both boys and girls.
Our goalkeepers are not forgotten, and we have a designated training sessions for them and have none other than Jim Leighton as our Coach for one of the sessions. In addition Westdyke Goalkeepers was set up by in 2014 by a couple of the coaches and now has in the region of 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. Westdyke Community Club is justly proud that several former players are currently playing at a senior level in the Highland League and at a Junior level. Westdyke looks forward to the future with much optimism.