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Livingston FC is a founding partner of the West Lothian Youth Foundation. This charity was set up to promote football to all ages and ability levels, for males and females. We provide coaching programmes, and engaging community initiatives throughout the year to meet the needs and demands of people in West Lothian.

Projects

Reminiscence Programme

This project will provide respite care for those looking after family members with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Participants will be involved in a number of sporting activities designed specifically around their abilities, which will also involve football related activities. Local High School children (5th and 6th year) will provide a “buddy” system to the participants. Local High School children will learn about both conditions through a learning pod and will also gain a sense of community and their relationship within it. Funded by SPFL Trust
Those affected with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
For 2015-2016, the programme will be run with pupils from Inveralmond Community High School and Armadale Academy.

Primary School Futsal Programme

In partnership with Energy Assets and the SFA, The Foundation will deliver a new grassroots initiative for West Lothian. The Foundation will deliver a 24 week free Futsal programme for 36 primary schools involving weekly in school coaching sessions. The programme will involve 1000 participants per week.
Participating Primary Schools
Throughout the school year.

We have also expanded into running a number of different afterschool futsal clubs in partnership with West Lothian Active Schools.

The Micro Academy

The Micro Academy is an expansion to the LFC Pro Youth Programme and is open to aspiring young players who would like to learn the game. These Elite training squads will participate in skills training and improve on technical excellence.
Boys and Girls aged 4-12 years
September – June during term time
Tuesday and Thursday’s
Under 5’s – Under 8’s 4pm – 5:15pm
Under 9’s – Under 13’s 5:30pm – 7pm

The Girls Micro Academy

The Micro Academy is an expansion to the LFC Pro Youth Programme and is open to aspiring young players who would like to learn the game. These Elite training squads will participate in skills training and improve on technical excellence.
Girls aged 4-12 years
September – June during term time
Tuesday and Thursday’s
Under 5’s – Under 16’s 4pm – 5:30pm

The Over 35’s

An opportunity for Over 35’s to come along to play football. All abilities welcome. The chance to participate in an organised ‘kick-around’.
Males and Females Over 35 years
Tuesday’s 7-8pm

Saturday Morning Soccer School

A Football class for players who would like to develop their skills in a fun environment.
Boys and Girls aged 4-10 years
Saturday 9-10am

School Holiday Coaching Camps

The Foundation deliver holiday programmes during every school holiday period consisting of either half or full day programmes. The programme has football as the core activity but full day camps offer multi sports activities for children.
Boys and Girls aged 3-15yrs
During School Holidays

Kno’ the Score Programme

The Kno’ the Score is a programme delivered to prisoners at Her Majesty’s Prison in Addiewell, interested in football coaching. The programme takes place for 12 weeks for 2 hours a time. Each session will consist of practical and theoretical work to assist the inmates to develop their coaching techniques, being able to focus on skills development.
The inmates will then be enrolled on a Coach Education Course delivered by an SFA Development Officer and participants will all receive the SFA Development Activities Certificate.

Football Fans in Training (FITT)

The foundation completed its first FITT course in June 2015 with a huge success, with the group losing 120 kg and take off 119.2cm of their waistlines.
Working in partnership with NHS Lothian, and with funding from the SPFL Trust. Our course differs slightly from the original programme, as ours is open to men over 18 years of age who had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30+
The group has created a continuation group which allows the guys involved to carry on with their weight loss and allows them to support and engage with each other. The foundation continues to support the group by booking facilities and sending a coach along to lead the session for a small fee.
The next block of FITT is to be started in September 2015.

School/Nursery Coaching Initiatives

Our primary schools programme involves our coaches attending a number of local primary schools and nurseries delivering coaching classes focusing on improving basic core football skills and fun games. The sessions are delivered during curriculum time or during School Health Initiatives.
Children attending the participating school
During School Term Time

Boys Club Development

The Foundation delivers specialised coaching sessions for both coaches and players from a number of local boys clubs. The clubs are from 8 years old up to 16’s. Sessions are prepared in advance with the clubs to focus most on their specific needs such as game related drills, patterns of play or team shape/formation development.
Players signed for the participating Boys Club
During School Term Time

Fit4life

Fit4life is designed specifically to improve the lives of young people who have been identified as being homeless and/or suffering from mental health issues in West Lothian. This initiative allows us to deliver a holistic package of support for young people facing specific barriers when entering employment, education or training and generally moving on in life. The initiative will include activities that will increase confidence, self-esteem, health and well-being, as well as obtaining new skills and access to supported training and employment opportunities.

Football will be used to engage beneficiaries in relevant support services and to ultimately provide a robust pathway for these target groups to play a more active role in their communities by removing barriers that currently prevent them from entering training, employment and education. Funded by Investing in Ideas.
Homeless or those suffering Mental Health Issues

Girls Development Pod

The Foundation provide a girls only session in partnership with the SFA and girls clubs within West Lothian. These sessions provide a selected group of girls with the chance to do some extra training at an elite level. These sessions can provide the participants with the next step up the ladder into the Scotland set up.
Selected girls from West Lothian’s girl’s teams.
Delivered during school term time

Boys Development Pods

Development pods are the stepping stone which can lead into Livingston FC’s Pro Youth set up. Boys playing at the under 11 and under 12 age group can get some extra training at an elite level whilst still being to train and play for their boys club.
Selected Boys from West Lothian’s Boy’s teams.
Delivered during school term time

Contact Details

Please send all enquiries to info@wlyf.org.uk or alternatively, please contact us by telephone on 01506 536917

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