By Maria Cox at the Whitley Community Development Association.
The newly-founded Whitley Community Youth Football Club (WCY FC) won their second-ever game 2-0 against Directions FC at the Maiden Erlegh School’s Hamilton Road pitch on 21 September.
The WCY FC currently consists of nine local boys, all of whom live in the Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) ‘big local’ area. They train twice a week, and the boys’ footballing abilities vary from those who have never played for a team before, to those who have been playing for years. They are in division one of the Berkshire Youth Development League.
The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) decided to fund a new community youth football team for boys under 12 years old following their youth-focused AGM in February 2019. They did this partly because so many local teams had recently folded, but also to benefit the community by improving the mental and physical health of its young people.
The WCDA provided the new team with their match-day kits and training gear. The team is affordable for everyone, inclusive of all abilities and focuses on fun and enjoyment. The WCDA hope to create a girls’ youth team next season.
The first two games
The boys’ first game was on 14 September; they were told to just go out and have fun. After the first half, the score was 1-0 to the WCY FC, but once the final whistle blew, the Whitley boys had lost their first game to the Caversham Trents FC. The Whitley lads were disappointed, but they held their heads high and came back to training with an attitude of wanting to improve.
The WCY FC were up against an extremely good side in Directions FC for their second game on 21 September, but the boys went into the game with determination. Parents cheered from the sidelines during this fast-paced game, even if they were slightly nervous. The Whitley lads were victorious by 2-0 by the time the final whistle blew!
WCY FC play every Saturday at the Maiden Erlegh School’s Hamilton Road pitch. If you would like more details about the Whitley Community Youth Football Club, then please contact Maria Cox at the WCDA by email at [email protected] .