Abu Dhabi Thistle Youth FC was formed in 2006. Its name gives a clue to its Scottish roots with its founders Archie Young and Ally Macdonald being two Scotsmen originating from just outside Glasgow.
Thistle was formed with an emphasis on creating a UK style amatuer football club, similar to traditional youth clubs of the UK.
From its early formation of 2 young boys teams it has dramatically developed over the last 5 years into a club of over 200 members ( including 40 girls), ranging in age from 5 to 18 years old, including almost every nationality that forms the multi-cultural cross-section of Abu Dhabi.
The main ethos of the Club is to provide competitive football in a friendly and fun environment and The Thistle are very much established as a prominent particpant at all ages in every UAE youth football tournament with its bright red and yellow kits making it easily recognisable at most football gatherings. Thistle’s senior boys teams have also represented the Club outside of the UAE taking part in tournaments as far stretched as Bahrain, Ireland, Lebanon and Spain, where in 2011 they enjoyed the experience of a life-time playing against Espanyol and Barcelona FC’s top youth teams.