U10 Girls meet WSLs Berry The Bear

U16 Girls meet the Doncaster Belles.

The girls where invited to Keepmoat Stadium to preform both mascot and ball girl duties.

Doncaster Belles Sue Smith (legend) was presented with a Wetherby scarf.

Click here to see the full article in the Wetherby News

U6 Coaching

Mike Sheerin

9am - Sunday

Wetherby Sports Association


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Take the A659 exit toward Wetherby/A168/Otley

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Wattle Syke/A58/A659 heading to Wetherby/A168/Collingham/Otley

At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Boston Rd/A661

Turn left at Lodge Ln, Drive to the end.

Post Code : LS22 5FN


WRCFA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year - 2015 

We need help to run the club.

If you would like to volunteer to be a coach, or help in any other way then please getting in contact. We are looking to appoint a new club Secretary and Treasure.


"These kids could not have a better start to their football careers." Richard Gibson, U6 parent.

"Thank you so much for hosting today’s matches. They were very well organised and all the players thoroughly enjoyed themselves. " Garon Ross, Ripon City Panthers U8 coach.

Read more? Go to our 'Testimonials' page.

Wetherby Athletic JFC boasts teams for girls and boys of all abilities from ages 5 to 18. The club encourages all members of the local community to get involved whether playing, coaching, administrating or simply supporting. We are very proud of our "FA Community Club Award.


Wetherby Athletic JFC strive to be an outstanding organisation. The club ethos is to provide opportunities for all ages and abilities to play football in a safe and friendly environment, in which all its members feel valued and supported.

We have a philosophy which describes the attitude of our coaches and acts as the guiding principles for the training and development of all our players. Our philosophy is… 

  • To create a fun and friendly atmosphere in which players grow a love for the game.
  • To provide opportunities for players to experience competitive play in a safe and supportive environment.
  • To promote fair play and team work.
  • To give extensive positive reinforcement and constructive feedback.
  • To encourages players to try new skills and demonstrate that making mistakes is not to be feared but an opportunity to learn. 
  • To build confidence and self-esteem by rewarding effort and ability.
  • To be a model of appropriate behaviour.
  • To provide age appropriate coaching enabling players to develop technically, physically, psychologically  and socially as described in the FA’s four corners model.

All team coaches are required to have completed the following minimum training courses;

  • The FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football 
  • FA Emergency Aid 
  • FA Safeguarding Children Award

All our coaches and assistants have Enhanced FA CRC checks. 

Behind the scenes we have a superb voluntary team doing all those important jobs to help make this club as successful as possible. Coaches, assistances and helpers bring many skills which are needed to create a supportive, exciting, dynamic and forward thinking approach. We strive to provide a safe supportive family atmosphere in which children can develop to their full potential. 



A Note from WAJFC Management Committee

Dear All

We hope everyone is well and enjoying football so far this season.

 It is very pleasing to say that the club goes from strength to strength. Despite some teams naturally reaching the end of the junior football careers last year at under 18 level we still have in excess of 330 registered players in 16 different teams this year. In some age groups we have waiting lists and others are nearing capacity. It is great to be part of such a strong and growing club.
We’d like to thank all parents for getting annual subs in on time. This is a great help especially at the start of the season as we need to pay fees for leagues, pitch hire, training venues, coaches and buying equipment for the players to use week in week out. Despite rising costs on virtually all fronts we did our best to keep subs levels down as far as possible with only a modest increase this year and we hope you agree they represent good value for money. The fees we pay to Wetherby Sports Association each year also means we have access to the pitches on The Ings and a great club house with all its facilities. Please make sure you use the club house facilities like the bar and snack bar as much as possible to help keep it going. Remember it is also available to hire at reduced rates for parties and events.
In previous years we have hosted a number of league events at Wetherby to help generate extra income.  We won’t be doing as much in this front this year partly due to a shortage of volunteers to run the events which means our income levels will be reduced. We will be running what is widely regarded as the best gala in the region as normal and this helps generate income for us as well as other social events during the year. Please help support the fundraising events so that we can continue to keep subs levels as low as possible.

Whilst financial support for events is crucial, we also need your support as volunteers to help with all aspects of running the club which is now a registered charity.

We always need help with the footballing side of the club as volunteer coaches and helpers.  In particular we will need new committee members and charity trustees as our current Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and some of our Trustees will reach the end of their terms this year. These roles are crucial non footballing roles without which the club couldn’t continue. So we would like to put out a particular plea for help to fill these roles please.

The job descriptions can be found in the downloads session of this website - would you or anyone in your family like to help? This could be mums, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents. Surely we must have some friends and families with skills who could offer to help. The Treasurer role for example could suit someone who works in a financial type role and has some time to spare or maybe a recently retired grandparent who would like to keep their hand in and help their family as well. The Secretary role would suit someone with strong organisational skills and who is a good people person. The chair role might suit someone who can bring things and people together and manage agendas. We really do need your help over the next few months to fill these roles without which, quite frankly, the club will fold. If you would like to talk to someone about any of the roles please contact our current Chair Jane Wilcock on 07808094782 .


Thank you


Young Leader Awards

We had a great evening on the Thursday 1st February and it was fantastic to see our Young Leaders receiving their award from David Marshall (Scotland & Hull City goalkeeper). 

There was lots of Pizza eaten which went down very well. A huge thank you to David Marshall who congratulated our Leaders on their achievement.
We are now planning the next phase of the programme for our Young Leaders. If you would like to find out more about our Young Leaders project, please email Jane Wilcock (




Letter to the Coach

A big thank you to Henry for writing this wonderful letter to his coach Arran Horton.


Sunshine Gala a Real Success

A big thanks to everyone that helped and supported us on Sunday as the club hosted the West Riding CFA Gala for U7/8 girls in both the Harrogate & West Riding Leagues. The sun shone throughout and football on display matched it.

Event report also on Wetherby Athletic



Junior Gala Update & Pictures

Please visit our Main Club Account for a full write up and 100s of pictures from our biggest and best gala !


Harrogate & Wharfedale League Trophy Day

On Sunday the club hosted Trophy Day for the U8 & U9 Harrogate and District Friendly League. It was an amazing day with lots of good football on display from the players and excellent support from coaches and supporters. All the players recieved an FA RESPECT arm band and our RESPECT display boards were agaib a a success. Well done to all the players that took part.




Number 1 for Girls and Womens Football

What makes Wetherby Athletic Number 1 for girls and women's football?
Wetherby Athletic has invested significantly in girls and women's football over the last two years. Our growth has matched the increasing popularity of the girls’ and women's game nationally and we are rightly proud of our set-up which now has over a hundred players. We welcome players of all abilities and at all age groups whether experienced players looking for the best club in the region or new players taking their first steps on the footballing ladder. The club were awarded the West Riding FA “Community Club of the Year in 2015”.
Wherever you start your footballing journey we have a team to welcome you. We start at age 5 and have teams at all age groups through to our women’s senior teams. Many of our players progress all the way through the age groups developing their skills and abilities as they go.




On Saturday morning a dedicated team of coaches and parents braved the rain to start the big clean up of the Ings and the MUGA.

Dozens of sacks of sticks, branches and other rubbish were removed, along with whole trees and wrecked goalposts, though we had to admit defeat when it came to the 1 tonne hay bales.

We're also really grateful to Wetherby Fire Brigade who, despite working 24/7 over the last few weeks, were able to come down at short notice and hose down the MUGA, removing all the silt and grime that elbow grease alone were never going to shift.  By the end of the morning the MUGA surface looked as good as new.

Thanks very much everyone who helped out, the bacon sandwiches were well earned.