Club Development support Thistle Youth with SCIO incorporation

We were recently delighted to support Thistle Youth FC with their application to incorporate as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

A SCIO is a corporate body with the ability to:

  1. enter into contracts;
  2. employ staff;
  3. incur debts;
  4. own property;
  5. trade only in direct furtherance of its charitable purposes;
  6. to sue and to be sued.

As such, and assuming the SCIO operates according to the terms of its constitution, it will provide a high degree of protection against personal liability for its Charity Trustees. It will also provide some reassurance for those entering into contracts with the SCIO, such as funders and for creditors.

Thus, the SCIO legal structure is a suitable model for many sports clubs in Scotland to adopt (if they are eligible).

Thistle Youth Football Club was established in 2015 by a small group of likeminded individuals from North East Aberdeenshire who were looking to provide a platform for children and youths in the area to develop and learn in line with the SYFA Player Pathway. This is firmly underpinned by the volunteer coaches, committee members and club supporters creating a culture and environment, in line with the SFA Positive Coaching philosophy, that ensures
players of mixed ability can learn and play with confidence without fear of exclusion.

The aim of the Thistle Youth Football Club is to provide a safe environment and to encourage and promote the development of football and health within the community of Newburgh and North East Aberdeenshire through the provision of youth [or senior teams] teams for boys and girls that foster fair play, participation for all, irrespective of race, colour, religion, sex, sexuality or disabilities.


With charitable status now confirmed (bring a raft of advantages, including being eligible to claim Gift Aid on donations), we look forward to seeing how the club develop.