At the end of last season, a group of parents and coaches had a dream of creating a youth football club; this has now become a reality.
Thistle Boys Club are one of Scotland’s newest youth teams, and are quite an exciting prospect. Formed in June 2015, the Aberdeenshire side have been accepted into the Aberdeen and District Juvenile Football Association for the new season.
The club was established by likeminded coaches and parents, striving to create a positive learning environment for young players in line with the SYFA Player Pathway and Positive Coaching Scotland initiatives.
There are currently six squads within the club, ranging from the 2009s to 2004s; and they are hoping to have two teams at each seven-a-side age group.
Thistle play their home matches in Newburgh, using the Gallowhill facilities; these boast an eleven-a-side pitch; an all-weather five-a-side pitch; alongside the newly developed four-a-side area and two new seven-a-side pitches.
Earlier in the season the club requested new coaches and volunteers to help out with the various squads, these coaches would be put through all of the relevant qualifications and have the financial aid from the club in order to gain these, showing their ambition to provide quality coaching to the players.
The crest is significant also; it includes the words ‘one club, one goal’ and this refers to the club’s vision – ‘to develop all players and coaches in a positive way so they learn, progress and enjoy football for the long term whilst building strong friendships and teams.’
Obviously forming a new club is not easy and there will always be stumbling blocks, but Thistle Boys Club are certainly going about it the right way and will no doubt be a great success in the years to come.