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Important Update 13 March 2020

Please note that in light of Scottish Hockey's decision to suspend all domestic hockey until further notice, all Women's West District Competitions (Indoor and Outdoor), including the District Cup Finals which were due to take place on Sun 15 March, have also been suspended.

About Us

When the first meeting of the “newly formed” West District of the Scottish Women’s Hockey Association was held on 6th November 1903, there were 4 clubs and a committee of 3 members “for the carrying out of the matches of the District.” Nowadays we have 29 clubs and a committee of 15, when we add in all the different responsibilities. In 1903 all the clubs were from the Glasgow and Renfrewshire area, whereas now we cover the whole of the south-west of Scotland and boast of a club on Arran as well as a small club in Oban. They sent out their trials notices by post and expected a reply within a day, in those days when there were two or more postal deliveries a day. Maybe we are getting back to this almost instant communication with our mobile phones. But district teams in those days travelled by train to their matches, and since these were played on grass, there were more cancellations when the weather was against us.
 
In 1928, South-west split off from the West teams, although there were lots of matches between clubs from both areas and both districts played in the annual Inter-District competitions, as well as having healthy sister schoolgirls districts (Junior West was established in 1931), who were members of their own Scottish Schoolgirls Association. The various minute books show strong support for hockey across the whole area, with a seven division West League in the season before the National League was introduced. In 1990, the two districts amalgamated once again with the 32 West clubs and the 18 South-west clubs forming the new overall West District.  It looks from the names as if there were a lot more one team clubs, some of which have now got together to make training and coaching easier.
 
We celebrated our centenary on Saturday 8th November 2003 (with a committee meeting on 6th November, where we had champagne to celebrate the actual birthday) with a match played at Titwood and a dinner also in the Clydesdale Clubhouse. Our President that year, Anne Wotherspoon, is now the Scottish Hockey President.
 
And now we try to compete at all levels in Scotland and further afield, with players in Scottish teams at all ages from U16s to Over 60s, and try to co-ordinate hockey activity across the district for all age groups, in co-operation with the Men’s West District and Scottish Hockey who are now based here in the West at the Glasgow national Hockey Centre.

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