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The Club was founded in 1970 as a works football team for employees of the Steins Brickwork based in the village of Allandale. When the works closed down the football team was continued by a number of the original members of the Club as an amateur team in the Stirling & District league set up.
The ground was gifted to the Club in 1987 and is held on the basis that the facility will always be used for community recreational purposes.
In 1999 the Club established its first youth teams with a group of 10 and 11 year olds created out of the summer soccer school run by the Club.
We now compete at Fun 4s (6,7, and 8 year olds), Soccer 7s (9,10 and 11 year olds), under 13s, 16s, 17s, and 21s in addition to the adult amateur team which is still in existence after 40 years.
We embarked on the Quality Mark accreditation scheme around 2006 acknowledging that this process would potentially set us apart from other Clubs.
The Standard Award was achieved in 2007 and we progressed to Development Level by March 2009.
Community status is a challenge for us but we arw working our way towards this.
The Amateur team plays in the Central Scottish Amateur Football League, the 21s in the West of Scotland league and the youth teams in various regional leagues from Cumbernauld & District, Central Youth, West Lothian and Forth Valley Development.
The Club is administered and run by a central committee of volunteers and coaches made up from representation by all participating teams.
Playing members will be in the region of 200 with 30 qualified coaches and a further 20 volunteers involved on average at any one time.
Currently the Steins Thistle aspect of the Club only has boys teams and male adult participation. However we have very recently established the first stages of a girls section and hope to incorporate at least one girls squad soon.
We have youth coaches for all teams at minimum SFA Level 3 qualification and also have a coach who holds the Childrens Level 4 certification.
The ethos of the Club is to provide participation and enjoyment in suitable sporting facilities for the benefit of the local community.
Charitable status is held from HMRC on the basis that the Club adopted a constitution that is open to all to participate irrespective of any factors and involvement is encouraged at all levels of ability.
The Club is fortunate enough to have its own grass pitch, training area, changing accommodation and meeting room in Allandale. We also have additional facilities through Falkirk Council at Herbertshire Parks in Denny and also the community atsro turf at Denny High School.
In 2011 Steins were awarded a Cashback for Communities Grant to up-grade the training area with a 1500sqm 3G astro facility giving us coaching/training facilities that can be used 24/7 by all teams.
At present the Club has a complete pathway for males from childrens fun fours, 7-a-side teams and 11s form under 13s through to adult football. The girls section is in its early stages but watch this space.
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