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AFC Trust Present £10,000 to AFC Youth Academy

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The AFC Youth Academy recently received a very generous donation of £10,000 from the AFC Trust. Trust members Gordon Duncan and Bill Ellis presented Neil Simpson and Lenny Taylor with the cheque, and also on hand at the presentation were U19 captain Jonathan Crawford and Ryan Jack - both local lads who have both come right through the Youth Programme.


Bill Ellis explained how the money was raised. "Originally, Reds Direct was set up a number of years ago. We inherited the scheme because it is before our time at the Trust but we decided there is no point in the money sitting in our bank account. Instead of waiting for more money to come in, the guys might as well have it now so they can start putting it to good use.


"Hopefully this is just the start of the donations and we are hoping to kick on from here. We are keen to push on with the project and we are hopeful of getting other business and local groups involved. Fingers crossed we will have another cheque next year.


"We fully recognise the importance of the Youth Academy, especially in the current climate. It is therefore especially pleasing to see the likes of Peter Pawlett and Michael Paton coming into the first team recently and doing so well."


Gordon Duncan said. "There is no doubt that youth development is the way ahead for all Scottish clubs and AFC Trust are delighted to work with AFC in this way. Not only will the cheque help in developing young players approaching first team action, it will help to provide equipment for youngsters at the grass roots level in the community to have fun and help achieve health and fitness."


Assistant Academy Director Neil Simpson said, "We really appreciate the efforts of everyone who help raise the money. It gives the Academy a big boost and allows us to continue to improve what we are already doing. It is especially generous with the current economic climate"


Neil and Lenny Taylor will report back to the Trust and their members on what areas and projects in the Youth Academy the money will be spent on.

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