Youth Football in Westman has a new home.
After more than two years of development and many more than that in dreams and planning, the folks with the Westman Youth Football Association have made a level of progress with Boyd Stadium that it’s been pronounced ready for play on the final day of league play on Saturday should the weather co-operate.
Located just off of the intersection of Richmond Avenue East and Highway 110, Boyd Stadium is named in honour of late the late Kevin Boyd. Boyd was a long-time local football coach instrumental in the development of youth football in Westman.
Work began in the spring and summer of 2017 with sod being installed in August of that year.
So long as the weather co-operates, a total of eight games are to be played on Boyd Stadium’s two fields on Saturday. Following this weekend it’s expected that the Westman Wolverines program will use the fields for practices this year with the possibility of games if not later this summer then next season as work progresses.
The Westman Youth Football Association is this season made up of 220 players in tackle and approximately 100 in flag football in divisions spanning from Terminator (8-9 years old) through to Bantam (14-15 years old). Up to this point, the organization has made use of various fields throughout the city without a permanent facility to call home.
This weekend is viewed as a soft opening, with work on sod, irrigation and parking having fields ready for play. Based on a chat with WYFA President Brady Dane this afternoon I understand there is still much work to be done in phase two of the project, including permanent structures such as a canteen and restrooms. Fundraising efforts are ongoing in support of continued development with more information available at http://www.wyfa.ca
Photo: Westman Youth Football Association