Our Community Club
Bathgate Thistle Community Football Club was formed in the spring of 2013 by a group of existing Bathgate Football teams consisting of Junior side Bathgate Thistle F.C., Amateurs, Youth and Boy sides who believe in a better methodology, backed by the Scottish Football Association, for the promotion, development and organisation of football within the town of Bathgate.
The Club strives to include kids, youths and adults of both sexes, all ages, all abilities from all backgrounds in our community. This offers them the chance to learn, train, develop new skills and interests and grasp opportunities they might not otherwise have had.
The main objectives and aim of the club, is to promote the enjoyment of football for members in an environment that fosters fair play and participation for all, irrespective of gender, race, colour or religion and aims to encourage cooperation, respect for others, loyalty, acceptance of rules and decisions, personal responsibility, self-discipline and the need for teamwork.
Bathgate Thistle Community Football Club are based in the heart of West Lothian, Scotland’s central belt between Glasgow and Edinburgh with most of the teams playing their games in and around Bathgate at various locations.
All our youth teams enjoy the help and guidance of SFA qualified coaches with each club official having to go through a thorough background check including certified Disclosure Scotland checks (PVG's) and have the full support of the Executive Team Committee who help support and guide all club members and teams, along with the clubs overall direction and objectives to improve, grow and lay strong foundations for the clubs future.
The club is also proud to have been awarded the SFA Quality Mark which is designed to support and recognise the work of clubs and teams who have a desire to be the very best they can be. The main criteria of the award recognises the ongoing management, development structure, administration, planning and welfare of the club.
In June 2018 Bathgate Thistle Community Football Club became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)
The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) was satisfied that the organisation met the charity test and the legal requirements for being a SCIO, and was entered into the Scottish Charity Register (SC048444)