Tom McKenna New Academy Manager

Tom McKenna Appointed As New Wick Academy Manager


Wick Academy FC appoint Tom McKenna as Manager on a 2 year contract.

New Manager Tom McKenna comes to the Club with a lifetimes experience in both playing and coaching football.

Tom has played for numerous clubs in his career including; Rochdale, Airdrie, Stenhousemuir FC, and also played for Amu Zulu in the South African Premier League for 2 seasons.

Tom has been involved on occasion in his coaching capacity with WAFC for the last couple of years working with the Under 17's and this season has been involved with the first team squad. Prior to that he coached and managed in different capacities at Rochdale, Dundee University, Alloa and Clyde FC.

Vice Chairman Ewan Mackenzie commented "we are delighted to appoint Tom as manager, to have someone involved in your Club who currently holds an UEFA A licence as well as an UEFA Elite Youth A licence along with his vast experience in the footballing world made Tom an outstanding applicant and an obvious choice to take the reins as Manager" Ewan added " Now settled in Thurso, employment reasons took Tom to Caithness from the Central Belt and to have someone with his background on our doorstep was too good an opportunity to miss, we wish Tom all the success and good luck as we look forward to successful times again at Harmsworth Park".

Richard Hughes and Ross Suttar will remain in place as Tom's co-assistant managers.

Wick Academy FC would like to thank everyone who applied for the position.

Wick Academy FC Manager Vacancy - Applications Invited.

Wick Academy FC invite applications for a Part Time Manager or Part Time Player/Manager for the vacant position with the Club.
Please note applicants must meet SFA Club Licence criteria with at least a 1.3 Coaching in the Game qualification or be in the process of achieving it.
Salary package by negotiation.
Please apply either by email, enclosing full CV to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. marked for attention of Club Chairman or Club Secretary or by post to the Club, again enclosing a full CV marked for attention of the above to:
Wick Academy, FC Harmsworth Park, South Road, Wick, KW1 5NH
Applications to be received by Tuesday 5th September.

Gordon Connelly to step down from Managers position

Wick Academy Manager Gordon Connelly has decided to stand down from his managerial duties and tomorrow’s game against Turriff United will be his last at the Harmsworth Park where he will be able to part from the Club with the dignity and gratitude he deserves given the success he’s achieved. Gordon, better known as Goggs explained he can no longer give the time, commitment and dedication that the post merits. Chairman James Innes said ‘It’s the end of an era for our Club and the success Gordon brought the last three seasons will never be forgotten, he’s the only manger I’ve worked with in my now fourth year as Chairman and his successful tenure is set in stone’. Innes added ‘who could forget the afternoon in November 2015 when we finally lifted the elusive first senior silverware and no matter where we move from here, the feeling and feat of winning the first trophy can never be repeated, but in football as in life people move on’. ‘Gordon, his wife Claire and their two girls Amy and Katy, will be sorely missed by everyone connected to Wick Academy FC. We wish him every success in the future and thank him for the time he has spent with us at the Club’. Tichie, Ross and Tom will be taking the team in the interim until a successor is appointed.

Wick Academy Trial Out New Match Day Team Lines

Match Programme Annnouncement

The power of the published press has been under severe challenges since the creation of the love it or hate it internet, with all the digital, online and virtual space that people go to these days to access everything from daily news, to booking holidays ontheir smart phones and laptops etc. The advent of Twitter, Facebook and websites has changed beyond parallel the speed of which news can be announced and shared and after many years of a paper programme being printed, we have had to make the hard decision of how much time we spend on duties to benefit the Club as a whole, and more importantly committee volunteers time, work life balance and health.

The match day programme has a certain niche interest and lots of Highland League Clubs either don't do one or provide an online edition. John Briskham, who puts literally hundreds of hours a year in behind the scenes doing our Club Licencing Audit, Child Protection and Welfare documentation, to name a few of his thankless but essential tasks, also keeps fans abreast with Twitter and Club Website updates. Ultimately we felt that something had to give and his tireless involvement with every aspect of the programme was becoming more and more time consuming and deserved be put to better use in the regulation heavy and online era we live in.  Last season a monthly programme was suggested as an alternative which would still satisfy the home and away fans who still desired a paper memento of their visit to Harmsworth Park and would mean there was no ‘deadline' to meet every other weekend in an already hectic working week. The traditionalist and passionate match day programme stalwart at the helm, Ken Wood, was not in favour of that idea and with respect to the massive input he made to the programme we agreed to continue as per, until we ultimately had to make the full committee decision to only do match day programmes on special days such as Scottish Cup or derby games.

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Sports Injury First Aid Course

Sports Injury First Aid Course

Wick Academy are running a Sports Injury First Aid course on Sunday the 23rd July, 9am to 5pm Staxigoe Hall. This has been organised in conjunction with the SFA Hampden Sports Clinic, so attendees will receive a recognised qualification which will be valid for 3 years. There is a maximum of 20 attendees and we have had a few coaches that can't now manage, so there are a few spaces available. Cost is £75 and the SFA has to have registrations by the 14th July. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if anyone is interested in attending and we can provide an application form etc.