West Coast shrug off weather chaos and stay focused for league battles

Season Update: The brutal weather continues to wreak havoc on the 2015/16 soccer season. Almost all the divisions are way behind schedule and it’s looking like most squads will be playing until late April or early May. The West Coast Utd seniors have only played one game since Christmas, a 2-2 draw with Renmore in Galway City. It’s looking like a hectic finish as mid-week games are certainty when the time is changed. It’s proving really difficult for all clubs to keep players training and focused but there remains a great chance to get promoted to the Premier Division. West Coast Utd are very happy with the progress all the underage teams are making – all are in contention for promotion in their individual leagues.

Soccer Sisters: West Coast Utd are hosting a Girls Only (Soccer Sisters) camp on March 19 and 20 at the pitches in Letterfrack. These camps are open to girls aged between 7 and 12 and provide an ideal introduction to football. The aim of the camp is to improve skills in a structured and safe coaching environment. Each participant on this programme will receive a special Soccer Sisters jersey and an excellent football experience. The camp runs from 12pm to 4pm each day and costs €20. Book online at www.fai.ie/soccersisters or call 01-8999304. You can also contact any coach at West Coast Utd or call Joachim at 086-4098814 or Jessica at 086-4062604.

French Trip: The west Coast Utd under 14 squad will travel to France at the end of March to visit our Twin Club, La Couture. The panel of 15 will play two games in Northern France and take in a French Premier League game in Lens. West Coast Utd hosted La Couture in Letterfrack last April and as both clubs are rural and have roughly the same numbers in membership, a good bond has formed.

The West Coast Utd party will be led by coaches Terry Joyce and Mike Mahon, with 23 players and club officials making the journey. This is a new outlet for the club but it seems very positive from both sides for the moment. As with club policy, all trips must be self financing so it’s always a costly experience for families. We acknowledge all help to date and would be grateful for any further sponsorship to ensure the links overseas can continue.

U12s Gothia Cup Sweden, July 2016: West Coast Utd under 12s will travel to Gothenburg, Sweden in July to compete in the International Youth World Cup. The Gothia Cup hosts in the region of 1,600 teams and is played on 110 soccer pitches. Fundraising has been a huge part of the preparations for travelling and West Coast Utd would like to thank the local community for all the kind donations. So far we have hosted a cake sale, and also opened a restaurant for a night. Both events were very successful and you will see us out again in our Blue and Yellow – so please be as generous as possible.

The youth soccer tournament takes place over seven days and the West Coast Utd kids will use school accommodation for the duration of the competition.

We would like to express a special thank you to Martin O Connor, John Malone, Rick Weesjes, Shane O Grady, Connemara Fisheries and Gerry Gannon for all their help, and look forward to more coming to our aid in the summer months.

West Coast Utd will be one of the few clubs representing Connemara, Galway or even Ireland in Sweden this year, and maybe the only club!

Joachim Lydon