Rangers Manager Mark Warburton joined Youth Academy Head Craig Mulholland and young midfielder Andy Murdoch at the training ground in July 2015 to promote the rebranding of the Rangers Development Fund.
Originally established as the Rangers Development Fund (RDF) in 1964 with the sole purpose of providing funds for the Club, the organisation – which has raised over £120 million to date – is now formally known as the Rangers Youth Development Company.
In the past, RDF revenues provided substantial funds towards the reconstruction of the Copland, Broomloan and Govan Stands, the Ibrox PA system and the purchase of the land Murray Park is built on.
However, since 2002 all RDF profits have been directed to the Club’s youth programme and the independent company – now officially registered as the Rangers Youth Development Company – has provided more than £5.5 million to the youth department in the last decade.
The main Rangers Youth Development Company revenue generators are Rangers Lotto, Stadium Bricks, Rising Stars (half time draw) and Scratchcards.
All profits raised from these products are not available for general Club purposes and are legally ring-fenced to go directly to the youth programme to help find future stars.
A number of past and current youth players like Danny Wilson, Charlie Adam, Alan Hutton and Chris Burke have directly benefitted from RDF support and new Manager Mark Warburton – a firm believer in youth development – is delighted to support the work of the Rangers Youth Development Company.
He commented: “Youth development is a crucial part of any football club’s operation and I fully endorse and support the work of the Rangers Youth Development Company.
“I have only been at the Club a short time but I already recognise the passion and pride supporters have for Rangers and they clearly have backed the Rangers Youth Development Company for over 50 years.
“I have no doubt Rangers fans will continue to support the youth programme by taking part in a range of revenue generators like Rangers Lotto, Rising Stars and Scratchcards. I wish Colin Stewart and his team every success in the season ahead and beyond.”
Colin Stewart, the Rangers Youth Development Company Director of Operations, added: “We are delighted to rebrand as the Rangers Youth Development Company and we are passionate about supporting the Club’s youth programme in any way we can.
“We have provided £5.5 million in the last decade and with the support of the Rangers fans we will continue to provide funds for the development of players like Danny Wilson, Alan Hutton, Charlie Adam, Andy Murdoch, Ryan Hardie and Tom Walsh.
“The Rangers Youth Development Company, like the Club, is an institution and I would also like to thank the Rangers fans for their incredible backing.
“They have supported us in huge numbers for decades and I am sure we can continue to grow and help the Club’s youth department for decades to come.”
The Rangers Youth Development Company also has the support of Light Blues legend John Greig, who agreed to join their board in August 2015.
The Club’s former Captain, Manager, Director and the man voted Greatest Ever Ranger by fans has always been a huge supporter of the RYDC and will play an important role in their ongoing development.
Ibrox icon John Greig commented: “I am delighted to join the Board of the Rangers Youth Development Company. Since 1964 they have backed Rangers Football Club in a variety of ways and it is my pleasure to assist them in any way I can.
“Fans always play Rangers Lotto, buy Stadium Bricks or purchase Rising Stars tickets and Scratchcards and it is terrific that all profits raised from these products go directly to the youth programme.
“RYDC will continue to grow and it my pleasure to assist by joining their Board. I have always had a strong relationship with them and I applaud Colin Stewart (RYDC Director of Operations) and his team for their sterling work.
“They help with the development of young players so I am delighted to lend my support.”
Colin Stewart also paid tribute to John Greig for joining him on the Board.
He added: “John is a man of great integrity and honour, his contribution to Rangers Football Club was immense as a player, manager and director and we are thrilled to have him on our Board.
“He is one of the greatest names in Scottish football history and he has always been a firm supporter of RYDC so we look forward to working with him closely.
“We have received tremendous support from the new Rangers Board and Craig Mulholland and his team at the youth department but the supporters are also key to our success and I thank them for their continued backing.”
Fans can support the Rangers Youth Development Company in a variety of ways – full details on Rangers Lotto, Rising Stars, Scratchcards, Stadium Bricks and other initiatives can be found at www.rydc.co.uk.