Lawsondale playing fields with Pavilion. Soon to be upgraded to 3G with floodlights. Home of Westdyke FC.
Westdyke Leisure centre with large multi purpose hall and playing fields: rugby and football use. Indoor bowls, adult classes, children’s activities.
A 18 hole golf course.
Kingswells Webster Park football pitches and the community park off Kingswood Drive
A 25m community use swimming pool.
Academy and 3 primary school playing fields.
Tennis courts, bowling green and pavilion and fitness trail in Denman park.
2 public gyms in Westhill, one in Kingswells (with a swimming pool).
Fitness classes in Ashdale Hall (a large well-used multipurpose space).
Annual 10K, triathalon, and bike ride.
So…. Not exactly devoid of sporting facilities, are we? The use of these AFC community facilities is unlikely to be free and level of access to the pitches and grounds has not been made clear.
If the club was serious, it would make a substantial offer of community services for Westhill: free gym for local community, free use of all facilities for local clubs and community groups, free use of venue (meeting rooms etc) for local community groups, a much needed indoor skatepark, a quota/ballot of free season and match tickets and more – and build and make these facilities/offers available before any work on the stadium – as part of a community bond
with Westhill. And this would include a legal agreement that these services are to be offered by the club to the community in perpetuity – with all licensing of the venue and facilities subject to this “community bond”.
But that is all “pie in the sky” and the club won’t deliver for the community of Westhill. Perhaps that fat juicy community carrot isn’t looking so attractive after all. Will it compensate for all the negatives?
We don’t think so, not by a long way.]]>