Our club was formed in the summer of 2001 by a big baldy teuchter who was fed up with the lack of sporting opportunities in the Stirling area. Having badgered a number of work colleagues into turning up to play Touch he was pleasantly surprised when they all enjoyed themselves and wanted to come back for more. Buoyed by this initial success it evolved into a regular twice a week thing. It soon attracted players from out with the confines of work, and these new faces helped build the strong social side to the club, which has remained through the proceeding years.
After a drunken conversation in a local hostelry it was decided we should really form a ‘proper’ club. And everybody knows a proper club should have a proper name. As the founder was an Aberdonian it was deemed by the ‘southerners’ that the name should have an ovine or ‘sheep’ theme. Thus the birth of ‘The Flossie Posse’.
After entering a tournament in Edinburgh in the summer of 2002 The Posse discovered ‘real touch’ as opposed to the made up version we had initially been playing. After early grumblings from the gang everybody eventually came round to the ‘new’ rules and we embraced them whole heartedly.
We’ve never looked back since. Not only did the structure improve our fitness and understanding but it eventually led to five of our players being selected to represent Scotland at the European Championships in 2008, bringing 3 silver medals home. The number of local players representing their country has grown year on year, with fourteen of our players involved in the 2011 World Cup, and as of 2015 a total of 30 different club players have represented Scotland. This experience has benefitted everyone in the club.
As the club evolved and competition was taken more seriously the name ‘Flossie Posse’ was replaced with ‘Stirling Touch’ and a shiny new logo created in 2008. New kit was created, new members joined and the team continued to go from strength to strength.
Since this rebranding we had two competitive teams who regularly entered tournaments and leagues, Wallace Monumentals and Flossie Posse. Wearing what is probably our most interesting kit designs to date!
One thing that we’ll always retain from the original founding of The Posse is to party, make new friends and enjoy playing the game. This continues with the 2015 rebranding to create STIRLING STORM.
Come along and join us, be part of this great history.