Changes will continue to happen with our Club Registrations and subscriptions. A PDF  of the 2018-19 letter to parents can be found below, but please speak with your team coach who will be happy to answer any questions.  Every member/parent should receive a copy of the Letter to Parents.

Please remember that if a player does not pay subscriptions then they will be suspended and the club will retain their playing registration until this is resolved.

Whickham Fellside Youth Football Club's current Durham FA affiliation number for 2018-2019 is V-DUR3477.

Whickham Fellside Youth Football Club's Evolution and Development

 

     

 Founded in 1980 by Jim Potts, George Dent and Terry Gatenby; these three gentlemen recognised the need for the young people of the area to play and enjoy youth football. The early days saw games played on the Whickham Comprehensive School Field on Fellside Road; hence the name Whickham FELLSIDE Youth Football Club. The Club became based in the School itself for its games, training sessions and socialising; Terry Gatenby was the School Caretaker.
 
Today Whickham Fellside Youth Football Club (WFYFC) provide a much larger community-based outlet for the youth of the area to participate in football at all levels, age-groups and beyond. The Club started life with just two teams but now offers to its members the opportunity of participating in football from age-groups covering Under-7 to Under-18, the full range of youth football.

Whickham Fellside Y.F.C. are a well-established, well-run, much respected, and entirely voluntarily run and financed group. Our member base is taken from the immediate community in the Whickham and Gateshead areas and we are established at Watergate Park in Lobley Hill, where home games are played and League Venues are run from. The Club is very proud of its attainment of Charter Standard Status gained in 2004 with the Football Association and our elevation to Charter Standard ‘Community’ Status gained in September 2012. Our comprehensive 2016-2019 Development Plan (see PDF file attached below), Child Protection Policy, Club Constitution, Code of Conduct and Fair Play Charter, etc., (all available to view as PDFs on this website) all give an indication of how the Club is structured, but the aim is to allow members to enjoy their football at whatever level they choose to participate in. The Club are extremely proud of the achievements on the football pitch where we have enjoyed a great deal of success over the past 38 years. We are equally as proud to be able to offer the youth of our community and beyond the opportunity to be part of a team and a Club, to socialise and to participate in everything on offer.

This season, 2018-19, will see the Club enter 25 teams in local Youth Leagues with 320+ Members participating. The Club is very proud of its status as Founder Members of the Apollo Doors Gateshead and Russell Foster Youth Leagues. WFYFC run local Development Football Sessions for young children from Reception and Year 1 who wish to participate in football which will result in the formation of new teams in the future. All our Coaches are CRB (DBS) registered and at least FA Level 1 qualified and also First Aid. We also host many community and local events at our rapidly developing home, Watergate, in Lobley Hill in the NE11 area of Gateshead, Tyne & Wear. We took the 35-Year Lease on the Pavilion and Pitches in December 2014.

Development at Watergate is very much an ongoing process. The investment in machinery to look after our own pitches and the cost of training for individuals has amounted to almost £40,000 over the years, funds we had been building up but which were backed up by a Football Foundation Grant. The Watergate Café, a CIC venture with Sharon Johnson, is proving a great success and has involved the wider community. We are committed to investing in our area, our people and our community.

Without the level of support of many individuals and companies who enter into Partnerships with us, we could not exist. We are therefore indebted to them all for their belief in us and for their continued support. Our strong relationship with Emmanuel College which will see the facilities at Watergate being used to the full, is an exciting area for development; we see this ''Watergate Partnership'' as fundamental to our future growth and together we can offer our Students, Members, Parents, Visitors and the Community at large the chance to work with us. We also work with local organisations and Gateshead Council initiatives such as the School Sports Partnership to bring events up to Watergate, thus demonstrating our wish for the facility to be used more by the community and outside groups. It is our aim to look towards a total 'Sporting Club' organisation in the future.
 
Anyone interested in helping our group and being part of a rapidly growing Club working for the benefit of the youth of the area of working and the community, are asked to contact either the Club Secretary Steven Williamson or any football matters to our Football Development Officer Pete Craddock (contact details available on this website).

Dave Nelthorpe, Chairman, July 2018