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The Rangers Youth Development Company has continued its support for the Rangers Academy by presenting Rangers Managing Director Stewart Robertson, Head of Academy Craig Mulholland and youth star Barrie McKay with a cheque for £175,000. Level5 arranged media coverage of the event.

Since 2002, RYDC profit has been directed to Rangers Football Club’s Academy – with more than £7 million provided in the last 15 years – and today’s donation outlines their commitment to youth development.

Director of Operations Colin Stewart made the presentation and the £175,000 raised is profit from Rangers Lotto, Rising Stars, Scratchcards, Stadium Bricks and other RYDC initiatives.

RYDC £175k Youth Academy Picture

Colin has praised the generosity of the Rangers supporters who participate in their weekly initiatives.

He commented: “The Rangers Youth Development Company is delighted to present the Club’s Youth Academy with £175,000.

“We are totally committed to assisting youth development in any way we can and I thank the Rangers fans for their generosity. We are humbled by the continued support from the fan base and I know Craig Mulholland and his team will put the money to good use.”

Craig Mulholland added: “The Rangers Youth Development Company has supported the Academy since 1962 and we are thrilled to receive today’s £175,000 donation. The support we receive from RYDC, and indeed the backing RYDC receive from our fans, is greatly appreciated and will never be taken for granted. RYDC donations help support us in a variety of ways and the changes we have made to the Academy in the last year in terms of ambition, culture and playing style would not be possible without this fantastic support.

“We have made great improvements to our environment in areas such as coaching, medical, sports science, analysis and education and welfare and we really are grateful for this continued support as we attempt to fulfil our ambition of becoming one of the top academies in Europe. It is very early in our Academy project however we have made good progress so far and working together with Colin and his team there is no doubt we can achieve our ambitious goal.”

The Rangers Youth Development Company logo is now displayed on all Academy strips from under 17 level and below, while Greatest Ever Ranger John Greig recently pledged his support by joining the RYDC board.

Full details on the Rangers Youth Development Company and their products – Rangers Lotto, Rising Stars, Scratchcards and Stadium Bricks – can be found at www.rydc.co.uk.

Online coverage – Barrie McKay

Rangers website

http://rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/rydc-presents-175000-cheque/

http://rangers.co.uk/news/rangers-tv/video-mckay-mulholland-reaction/

http://rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/craig-grateful-support/?

Evening Times

www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14212253.RYDC_hand_over___175_000_to_Rangers_for_Auchenhowie_Academy/

www.eveningtimes.co.uk/sport/14213145.Barrie_McKay_Ready_for_the_Rangers_challenge_and_to_help_Ibrox_kids_on_road_to_first_team_glory/

Daily Record

www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rangers-youth-development-company-hand-7199054#b82M4b6Ff3sYPFT2.97

www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rangers-midfielder-barrie-mckay-cant-7199908#J9f33SCXsJw1HASw.97

The Sun

www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/sport/spl/rangers/6870283/McKay-thanks-boss-for-his-new-lease-of-life-at-Rangers.html

Herald

www.heraldscotland.com/sport/14213146.Barrie_McKay_confident_he_can_see_off_new_Rangers_arrivals_to_retain_Ibrox_starting_berth/

www.heraldscotland.com/sport/14212247.RYDC_hand_over___175_000_to_Rangers_for_Auchenhowie_Academy/

Scotsman

www.scotsman.com/sport/football/competitions/championship/murray-park-poster-boy-barrie-mckay-eyes-premiership-return-1-4004686?

Daily Mail

www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3405785/Rangers-winger-Barrie-McKay-matured-rise-s-reaping-rewards-playing-waiting-game.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Press Association Copy

www.brechinadvertiser.co.uk/sport/scottish-sport/barrie-mckay-thankful-to-mark-warburton-for-rangers-second-chance-1-4004001?

Daily Newspaper Coverage

The Sun

Sun RYDC 1 Sun RYDC 2

Daily Record

Record RYDC £175k RYDC Record 2

Evening Times

Evening Times RYDC 1 Evening Times RYDC 2

Daily Mail

RYDC Daily Mail

Daily Express

Express RYDC 1

Scotsman

Scotsman RYDC £175k

The Times

The Times

Craig Mulholland Online Coverage

Daily Record

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rangers-academy-chief-craig-mulholland-7207013

Evening Times

http://m.eveningtimes.co.uk/sport/14215645.Craig_Mulholland_has_a_Murray_Park_blue_print_for_a_brighter_Rangers_future/

Herald

http://m.heraldscotland.com/sport/14215647.Blue_sky_thinking_as_Rangers_aim_to_make_Murray_Park_one_of_the_continent_s_elite_academies/

Daily Newspaper Coverage

Evening Times

Evening Times Mulholland RYDC 1 Evening Times Mulholland RYDC 2

Herald

Herald Mulholland RYDC

Daily Express

Express Mulholland RYDC

Daily Record

Record Mulholland RYDC

The Sun

Sun Mulholland RYDC

The Times

The Times Mulholland RYDC

RYDC / £175,000 Academy Presentation 3

RYDC / £175,000 Academy Presentation

RYDC / £175,000 Academy Presentation 2

Thanks to Rangers photographer Kirk O’Rourke and Willie Vass for the use of the pictures.