In July 2015 the Rangers Development Fund was relaunched and rebranded as the Rangers Youth Development Company and the organisation has gone from strength to strength ever since.
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 £7 million to the youth department in the last 15 years.
The main Rangers Youth Development Company revenue generators are Rangers Lotto, Stadium Bricks, Rising Stars, Youth Members Club 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, Barrie McKay and Chris Burke have directly benefitted from RYDC support and new Manager Mark Warburton – a firm believer in youth development – is delighted to support the work of the Rangers Youth Development Company.
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 £7million in the last 15 years 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, Barrie McKay, 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.
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.
“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.”
Rangers fans can also enjoy exclusive and regular RYDC Twitter Q&A’s.
Head of Academy Craig Mulholland, under 20s manager Graeme Murty, youth goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart, youth players Robby and Ross McCrorie, Liam Burt, Myles Beerman, Ross Lyon, Ryan Hardie, Liam Kelly, Jordan Thompson, Tom Walsh have all shown their support for RYDC.
And a host of Light Blues legends including Derek Parlane, John Brown, Willie Henderson, Ian Durrant, Colin Stein, Alex MacDonald and Willie Johnston have enjoyed answering questions from supporters.
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.
And click on the links below for a flavour of RYDC’s activity:
RYDC presents £175k to Rangers Academy
Murty Launches RYDC £20k In 2017
Atakayi RYDC Q&A
RYDC Launches Youth Members Club
RYDC Youth Members Club Members Visit The Training Ground
Craig Mulholland Q&A
Craig Mulholland Thanks RYDC
Graeme Murty Q&A
Colin Stein/Willie Johnston Q&A
Liam Burt Q&A
Willie Henderson Q&A
Billy Kirkwood Q&A
Colin Stewart Q&A
John Brown Q&A
Myles Beerman Q&A
RYDC Logo on Youth Kits
Robby and Ross McCrorie Q&A