West Lothian Soccer Sevens Development Association

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West Lothian Soccer Sevens Development Association

Welcome to the West Lothian Soccer Development Association Web Site, here you will find useful information about the associations role in Grassroots football within West Lothian, Scotland. First introduced in 1993 the WLSDA actively develops Grassroots football in West Lothian Scotland for children aged 12 and below.

Soccer Sevens is a modified version of Football played on a smaller football park with modified goalposts and straightforward rules. This principle aids the development of children to gain skills through activity while having fun. Our Trophy Free leagues provide regular organised games of football for all children 7's, 8's, 9's, 10's, 11's and 12's.The recent introduction of Soccer 5s has added to our existing Soccer 4s Set up.

We are an Volunteer Association composed of Coaches and Referees who work closely together to provide a safe and fun environment for children to develop in. The WLSDA liaise with West Lothian Council, The Scottish Youth Football Association, The Scottish Football Association and other interested parties to help us maintain this environment.



All official without a PVG MUST have it done before February 28th or they will be under a precautionary suspension at SYFA

Anyone who has not had a PVG completed must attend a PVG DAY on Saturday 4th February 1pm to 4pm in Blackburn Community Centre

Please come along on the hour ie 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, this helps us complete group at the time without being interrupted

Must bring BIRTH CERTIFICATE, PASSPORT, DRIVING LICENCE OR BOTH, PROOF OF ADDRESS ie utility bill, bank statement etc within 3 months of date. Know your SYFA No. Know your National Insurance No.

if you have a PVG from somewhere else you will require a PVG UPDATE, please bring all above + copy of your PVG Certificate.

Please bring a SYFA self declaration form, you get this from SYFA Website


Registration Night All Age Groups - 16th January at 7pm - Blackburn Centre



PVG Update

As soon as possible after Registration on January 16th 2017, WLSDA plan to hold PVG nights probably starting week beginning January 23rd.

SYFA will send a list of all officials and officials MUST turn up at whatever meeting they are invited to.

WLSDA are going for a 3 week window to complete all PVGs.

WLSDA have been informed that officials must all be PVG'd before season starts in March 2017



Registration night is January 16th 2017 at Blackburn Centre at 7pm. All teams who want to play season 2017 will need to bring their SYFA completed application to be signed off.

Information will go out to all age groups before the night




Bathgate Thistle 2005 Blacks

Currently looking for experienced players to join their existing squad who are moving to 11s in August. 

The team play their current 7s games on a Saturday morning, with training taking place at

Bathgate Sports Centre 3g on Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-7.30pm.

We are particularly keen to recruit a goalkeeper with previous experience.

If interested contact Head Coach, David Drysdale on: 07513 942945 or by email to:

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Currently looking for players to join their existing team. Moving to WLAYFC in August, team will play on a Saturday Morning. Team trains Monday and a Wednesday at I.H.S. Livingston 5pm to 6pm.

A goalkeeper with previous experience and has a desire to play in goals every week.

If interested contact Barry Hynes on 07557653127 or email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


PVG NIGHTS - All officials MUST Attend, emails will be sent out to Secretaries of each Club Age group held by SYFA. Email will contain which night your team attend

Tuesday 27th Sept at 7pm

Monday 3rd October at 7pm

Both at Blackburn Community Centre



West Lothian Youth Foundation (WLYF)

WLYF are holding an open trial for Boys Development Pod on Friday 2nd September from 4pm to 6pm on field turf behind Livingston FC.

This is open tp aspiring young players who would like to learn the game. These elite training squads will participate in skills training and improve on technical excellence.

WLYF recognize the excellent work that is carried out at local boys clubs and see the development pod as additional training to compliment the development of the players involved.

Until May 2017 the development pod will be open for players born in 2005 and 2006 only.

Sessions will take place every Friday afternoon.

WLYF would love to be able to take as many players as possible however, with the space they have, it would be impossible, hence the reason for a trial.

WLYF are asking teams to nominate a MAXIMUM OF 4 PLAYERS PER CLUB to come along to the trial.

There would be a minimal fee of £10 per month.

On the trial day, the players will take part in a number of drills and small sided games, they will then take part in 7 a side matches. Players will be monitored by WLYF coaches on the day.

All participants will receive an email to let them know if they have been successful or not, players club representative will also be notified.

To nominate players please contact Scott Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Andrew Cowan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Monday 29th August 2016.


SYFA Approved First Aid Courses - Albacare LTD

2 Day courses held in Bathgate Partnership centre, following Dates 8.30am to 5.00pm

3rd/4th September

8th/9th October

5th/6th November

3rd/4th December

28th/29th December

if interested contact on the following

Telephone 0800 852 7854

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This course can be brought to your club and can be broken up over 5 weeks












Interesting Article

Parents have a big influence on the type of player their child becomes. Parents have powerful emotions generated through their involvement with their children, which can be both positive enablers and negative barriers.
These will have wide-ranging and long-lasting influences on those young players. Parents need to look at the “big picture” issues and responsibilities, and not fall into making the common mistakes which abuse this power.
Top 10 mistakes

  1. Taking their child’s sport experience too seriously, and not mixing in the appropriate levels of fun and recreation.
  2. Expecting perfection in their child.
  3. Living vicariously – as though they were taking part themselves – through their child’s sport experiences.
  4. Making negative comments about other children, parents or coaches.
  5. Having an unrealistically overblown assessment of their child’s talent.
  6. Contradicting the advice and guidance of their child’s teachers, trainers and coaches, leading to the child being confused and torn in loyalties.
  7. Failing to realise when their child is developing their skills rather than being competitive.
  8. Failing to see the value of sports lessons as preparation for life itself.
  9. Not realising that their child can learn valuable sport and life lessons even when they lose.
  10. Labelling their child a choker or other name.


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President/Chairperson - Jack Brown - jack_brown@wlss.org.uk

Secretary - Brian Mahood - brian_mahood@wlss.org.uk

Treasurer - Colin Stone - colin_stone@wlss.org.uk

Meeting Dates 2017

February 20th – 7.30pm

April 24th – 7.30pm

June 19th – 7.30pm

August 28th – 7.30pm

November 6th – 7.30pm

December 4th – 7pm for meeting, 7.45pm for AGM

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