Membership Fees Due

A reminder that Wick Academy FC membership fees for current members are due by September 30th 2021. Any member wishing to continue with their membership will need to reapply if this deadline date is missed.

Full Members: £25.00
Concessions: £5.00

In light of current circumstances we would like to ask members to pay by bank transfer where possible.

Bank Details:  Sort Code: 82-68-27   Account No: 00560002

For those who are unable to pay by bank transfer there will be someone available at Harmsworth Park on Monday and Wednesday 11am  until 1pm to take your payment.

Alternatively please put payment in an envelope with your name and address and put through the letter-box at the boardroom at Harmsworth Park.

Youth Coaches/Helpers Wanted

Wick Academy FC is looking for one or two football coaches/helpers to join our existing under 18s youth team. The intention being to have a core of coaches/helpers available to share the work-load for training and match days. Our under 18s participate in the SHFL North youth league. The league games are schedule to be played between the months of August to March. Training is one night a week and games are played (home and away) on Sundays. It would be preferable but not necessary if any coaches/helpers had the following qualifications, but Interested coaches who do not have these qualifications please still get in touch as it may be possible to get fast-tracked through them.

  • L1.3 - Coaching in the game (Youth\Adult Pathway)
  • Goalkeeping Intermediate Certificate (L2)
  • An SFA recognised Sports Injury First Aid certificate

Successful candidates would also be required to undertake a Disclosure Scotland PVG check, which the club would organise.

The positions are voluntary and anyone interested should email your CV and contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Revised Covid Proceedure

Wick Academy is delighted to announce that our revised match day procedure has now been approved by the League. This can be read here (version updated 01-08-21) and contains sections detailing the zones within Harmsworth Park as well as information for Home team, Away team, Match Officials, Media and Spectators.

We fully appreciate that these are extraordinarily difficult times. If you attend a game we want to ensure that everyone stays safe. We ask please that you read the procedure document and comply with the guidance contained within it. In particular familiarize yourself with the zones which will be in force once locked down is in place, diagram B in the document.

Key points to note for spectators are as follows:

  • Admissions to games is preferably by ticket or season ticket, but pay at the gate will be available
  • If pay at the gate track and trace details must be provided on entry
  • Name and phone number also needs to be on match day tickets
  • A QR scan code will be available that can be used on a mobile phone using the free “Check in Scotland” application. Supporters are encouraged to download the App to their phones to help speed up the entry process on match day. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and also from Google Play
  • Spectators should not under any circumstances enter the red zone
  • Spectators must pass a temperature check
  • Face masks must be worn and social distancing must be adhered to
  • Limited seating will be available in the east half of the north stand and access to the stand will only be via the top car-park
  • The tea hut will not be open on match days and we are currently not able to offer match day hospitality
  • Please exit the ground immediately after the final whistle

Thank you for your continued support to the club and we hope that you enjoy being back watching the lads compete starting this Saturday against our visitors Clachnacuddin.

Pat Miller

Wick Academy FC Chairman

Wick Academy AGM - Wednesday 11th August at 7.30pm

 

The Wick Academy FC Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday  11th August at 7.30pm in the Mackays Hotel.

Membership cards to be shown on request.

Please note that masks must be worn and social distancing observed in accordance with current Scottish Covid rules.

Highland League Football Halted

The Highland League League Management Committee met last evening to take stock of season 2020-2021 and the prospects of completing the planned fixture programme.

In view of the circumstances the meeting decided to call a halt to season 2020-2021 because it could not see a viable means to finish it in reasonable time that would allow appropriate preparations for season 2021-2022.  The clear hope is that the new season will provide circumstances that enable a return to more normal activity.

The LMC also decided to honour its obligation to the Scottish Football Pyramid by declaring Brora Rangers FC the champion club for 2020-2021. The statement below provides the background to this decision.

SFA Pyramid Play-offs Season 2020-21 – SHFL Determination of Champion Club

The SHFL is a committed member league of the SFA Pyramid for Scottish Football. This commitment brings with it an obligation to produce a champion club to take part in the annual Pyramid Play-offs and, once the appropriate arrangements are in place at Pyramid Level 6, to ensure that play-offs between Level 5 and Level 6 in the North/North-East of Scotland are established.

The SHFL champion club is determined by points won in championship matches and, given the League Management Committee (LMC) precedent of 21st March 2020, where the season can’t be completed, on a points per game basis. In the event of points being equal, goal difference applies – SHFL rule 8.1.3 refers.

The SHFL LMC has the power to make the decisions on how the champion club is identified – SHFL Rule 4.2.1 refers – ‘The business of the League shall be conducted by the League Management Committee….’.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, LMC standing orders were suspended for the duration of the pandemic by a unanimous vote at the EGM on 21st March 2020. This suspension continues as the pandemic is not yet over.

The 2020-21 season has been shortened severely by pandemic circumstances. The League took great care to hold off beginning the Championship until it could start at a stage at which it was as safe as possible to do so in the communities in which the League is based. This was also for the sake of people involved in the League’s activities – its sense of responsibility to that context is important – and it has been unfortunate that another suspension of play occurred, thereby further truncating the season.

The Scottish Government has allowed the restart of Scottish Leagues 1 and 2, subject to weekly testing of all involved for the remainder of the season. The cost of PCR testing – at an estimated £1,500 per club per week – is beyond the sustainable resources of SHFL clubs for the length of even a shortened League campaign. It should be noted that, from the outset, the League’s top priority has been to seek to ensure that all clubs survived beyond the pandemic.

Strict interpretation of the Pyramid Play-off rules means that the obligation to produce a champion club has to relate to the season in which the play-offs take place. The LMC therefore considered the matter using League rules and decision precedent of a points per game basis, and where necessary, goal difference as its guide.

Consequently, with a decision having been made to call an end to Season 2020-21, the LMC unanimously agreed that Brora Rangers FC should be declared the SHFL Champion Club for Season 2020-21 and be put forward as the SHFL’s nominated club for the SHFL/SLFL/SPFL play-offs.