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Beechwood Football Club was founded on 16 June 1985 by David Smith, taking the name from the South Beechwood estate located off the North end of Edinburgh's Balgreen Road.
The origins of the club lie within the former Tartan Club in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh and the old Forrestines Centre which administered out of school hour lets at Forrester and St Augustines High Schools in West Edinburgh. It was at these venues that Beechwood FC began life as an indoor five aside club and remained so until being invited to take part in an outdoor Easter six a side tournament in Ayr in 1991. This was the first of 13 trips made to the West cost of Scotland the final one being in 1998.
In 1995 Beechwood applied for, and were accepted into, the Pitz (now Power League) under 12 and under 14 leagues. After a couple of moderately successful seasons Beechwood were invited to join the East of Scotland soccer sevens (now the East of Scotland Soccer Development Association - ESSDA) in 1997. Beechwood FC have been ever-present in the ESSDA set up since.
Beechwood FC have also taken part in several invitation matches in places such as Crew Alexandra, Blackburn Rovers, Milton Keynes Wanderers Beachfield FC in Salford but most notably in 2004 the club travelled to Belgium taking part in the Tongerlo Cup Easter Festival finishing a very creditable third in the under 13 age group.
Today the club operates out of Gyle Park just off the Glasgow Road with David Smith still at the helm almost 30 years later with teams ranging from five year olds to 17 year olds with the aim to have a girls team up and running shortly as well as a new Early Touches school.
The ethos of the club has always been based on children and young people having enjoyment from playing their favourite sport, the winning is nice but is not the be all and end all. Above all, the club believes that teaching life skills is every bit as important as being a success on the field.
In 2015 the club will celebrate it's 30TH anniversary and it is hopes to arrange several events to reflect achieving this landmark.
In Jan 2013 the club became part of Links United & Beechwood Community Football Club, which has been awarded the SFA Quality Mark (development-Level2).