SFA inspect Whitehill Welfare ground

Whitehill Welfare ground inspection, Ferguson Park, secretary Andrew Renwick, groundsman Wallace Weir & treasurer John Blair at the ground, which was inspected this week by the SFA.
Whitehill Welfare ground inspection, Ferguson Park, secretary Andrew Renwick, groundsman Wallace Weir & treasurer John Blair at the ground, which was inspected this week by the SFA.

Whitehill Welfare’s Rosewell home was visited last week as part of the process for the club joining Scottish football’s new pyramid system.

Derek Hunter and Brain Man from the SFA’s licensing department spent four hours at Ferguson Park on August 1. They will put a report to the licensing committee who are expected to decide on whether the ground meets criteria at their meeting in October.

Club secretary Andrew Renwick and treasurer John Blair met the SFA officials last Thursday.

Mr Renwick was happy with how the inspection went.

He said: ““Our changing rooms have more space than some senior clubs. We also have a medical and player treatment room that we don’t need to have.

“So they were very impressed with the set-up.

“They have given us a report and obviously there will be some things we have to attend to. Then we have to go back and say what we will do to rectify these things and provide an expected time-scale.

“Hopefully they will decide in October so we will know then.

“We are pretty optimistic.”

Whitehill Welfare have joined the newly-formed Lowland League, which will act as a feeder league to the SPFL from the 2014/15 season.

Read more on this in the August 8 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.