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Mission Statement

The West Elk Soccer Association (WESA) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting and fostering the development of soccer for youths and adults living in, and visiting, the Gunnison valley. We are dedicated to providing our participants with a fun, high-quality soccer experience that encourages sportsmanship and a love of the game through the development of player, coach, referee, and team.

Vision Statement

WESA is committed to being a leader in player development and establishing a lifelong appreciation for soccer among our members and participants. We will be a model soccer club for all developmental levels.

Core Values

  • Commitment to the players. Treat players in a respectful manner.
  • Commitment to skill development as the foundation of our philosophy.
  • Provide quality coaching, leadership, mentoring, and role-modeling for all members.
  • Provide a positive and nurturing, but challenging learning environment.
  • Provide programs for players at all levels of skill and commitment.
  • Instill a good work ethic and a sense of personal responsibility towards each player's own development.
  • Instill a dedication to teamwork and a sense of loyalty to our Club among players, parents, and coaches.
  • Foster a spirit of contribution in giving back to our community.
  • Provide an enjoyable soccer environment for all players, coaches, and parents.
  • Pursue the building of character as a driving objective in all that we do - in every practice and in every competition. We demand that all our players and our coaches embody character: the will to compete, the discipline to improve, the commitment to put team before self, and winning and losing with honor and respect.
  • Beyond the soccer skills themselves, we strive to instill traits in players that are useful long after the last whistle blows - character ... sportsmanship ... discipline ... fitness ... and achievement.


  • To raise the level of skills of the participants through the WESA Player Development Model
  • To be a leader in the field of player development through a 'Possession to Play Forwards' philosophy.
  • To provide quality coaching at all age groups and all levels.
  • To promote a lasting love for the game.
  • To promote sportsmanship among the players, parents, and coaches.
  • To provide an opportunity for competitive play against other club teams.
  • To develop and commence the implementation of a complete coach development program (that develops coaches from entry-level up to elite).
  • To increase the number of referees in the Gunnison Valley.