ONE of the RCD League’s most successful and respected clubs are making preparations to celebrate 21 years in local football.
Westend FC was formed in June 1991 with the objective of providing inexpensive football for boys and girls from all backgrounds.
With just four boys attending the first training session no one could have foreseen the success story that was to follow.
Within 12 months the club had four teams in the Huddersfield Junior League, and over 100 boys turning up every week.
By 1994 Westend were the first club in Huddersfield to become an FA approved mini soccer centre, and seven years later they were the first in the County to be awarded FA Charter Standard status.
The Club have since received the FA Charter Standard Development Club award. This season Westend, based at Huddersfield New College, have 12 teams playing every Sunday in the RCD Junior League and three open-age teams in the District League.
Chairman Ricky Thwaites is rightly proud of the achievements of his club, whose main purpose is to provide young players of all abilities the opportunity to play football.
Ricky and his right hand man, Shaun Townend, also run a mini soccer school every Saturday morning for the Under 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 age groups.
The school is so successful that scouts from many professional clubs are regular visitors.
The club – they count Huddersfield Town keeper Alex Smithies and Stoke City’s Cameron Jerome among their former players – have some exciting events planned to celebrate.
Places are available in all age groups regardless of ability, and more information can be found on the club website www.westendjuniors.com
Players celebrate in their club’s 21st birthday shirts