Falkirk Football Club and Steins Thistle Club have formally come together create the largest community club in the local area.

Falkirk Football Club’s established youth development arm, Falkirk in the Community, will join forces with Steins Thistle’s youth and adult structure, creating a sizeable new organisation know as Falkirk Steins FC.

The two clubs held a presentation at The Falkirk Stadium, alongside representatives from Falkirk Council, the Scottish FA and members of local and regional government, to announce this exciting new venture  to support youth football development in the local area.

Falkirk Steins FC will have a membership of 600, a coaching staff of 100, and overall participation in excess of 2,000 players.

The new club hopes to achieve the Scottish FA Quality Mark Community Award within a short period of time.

George Craig, managing director of Falkirk Football Club said:  “Falkirk FC is excited and delighted to be involved in this partnership, which provides a pathway for young players to continue their interest in football into adult life and enjoy the benefits of healthy activity.

"The club is pleased to work with the committed and hard working management, coaches and volunteers at Steins Thistle and also appreciates the support received from the Scottish FA development team and Falkirk Council.”

Graham Wright, speaking on behalf of Steins Thistle, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the clubs to work together, combining their experience and resources. Being part of this new structure is a major step forward for our club and we hope that the local authorities and funding bodies can share in our vision for the future.”