West Coast Utd recently hosted the West Connemara soccer championship in Letterfrack, in conjunction with sponsors Gannon/InterSport and local branch of INTO. 

The full competition was played in glorious sunshine and it helped contribute to a brilliant day’s football. When all the football was played the big winners in the premier division were Scoil Mhuire, Clifden (boys) and Letterfrack NS (girls). There were Cup, Shield and Plate divisions at different grades, so we had many happy schools going home – with Tully, Eagles Nest, Aillebrack, Roundstone, Lettergesh/Leanane, Cashel and Claddaghduff all claiming victories.  

Thanks to Paul Gannon, coordinator for many years, and his team; to Gerry Gannon for his continued sponsorship; and to John Morris Burke (regional development officer) representing the FAI. Special thanks also to the referees, James, Damien, George, and Mark.

The kids, teachers and parents were brilliant and we envisage the competition will continue to grow, and players progressing to the ranks of Galway league football with West Coast Utd.  

With the formation of our club academy six years ago the standard of primary schools football has improved year on year. Schools football can still be improved further so still, so there’s plenty room for improvement and a lot of work to be done.

West Coast Utd summer camp: We host our annual Soccer camp over the August Bank holiday weekend, Friday 02 to Monday 05. Camp on Friday runs from 2pm to 5pm and on the other three days it’s 12noon to 3pm. Camp is open to boys and girls aged 6 to 14 and no previous sporting activity is necessary. 

The camp is based on playing and learning the skills of football in a fun, safe environment. All coaches are FAI qualified, Garda-vetted and have completed a child safeguarding course.  

The fee for the four days is €50 and each child receives a football on the final day. 

For more information or to book a place please contact Joachim at 086-5098814. 

Please book early to avoid disappointment and allow the club to have sufficient coaches in place – we try to use a ratio of 1 coach per 12 participants.