THE 2016/17 campaign has concluded and RYDC director of operations Colin Stewart has thanked supporters for their incredible backing.
He told rangers.co.uk:
“I would like to pay tribute to our magnificent fans once again for their continued support of the Rangers Youth Development Company.
“It has been something of a rollercoaster season for the first team but we are eternally grateful for the incredible backing we receive from our global fanbase, Managing Director Stewart Robertson, the Rangers Board, Head of Academy Craig Mulholland, youth coach Graeme Murty and, of course, the youth backroom staff and players at the club.
“It is a cliché but we really could not make such a significant impact on the Academy without this backing.
“Funds are generated daily through fans taking part in initiatives like Rangers Lotto, Rising Stars, Stadium Bricks, Scratchcards, The Youth Members Club and I thank everyone involved.
“We really do make a positive difference and I know Craig Mulholland and his team are also grateful for this phenomenal backing.
“We are totally committed to supporting the Youth Department in any way we can and we were delighted to donate another £175,000 earlier this year.
“Youth product Danny Wilson accepted the cheque on behalf of the club at Ibrox and the money is put to good use every season.
“Since 2002, our profits have been directed to the club’s Academy – with more than £7 million provided in the last 15 years alone – and Greatest Ever Ranger John Greig is proud to be a member of our board.
“John has represented Rangers in just about every capacity for most of his life and to have someone of his stature backing us is terrific.
“RYDC continues to go from strength to strength and our Twitter Q&As with youth players and staff have proven popular once again in 2016/17.
“Craig Mullholland, Graeme Murty, youth goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart, defenders Myles Beerman recent debutants Jamie Barjonas and Aidan Wilson, front man Serge Atakayi, talented twins Robby and Ross McCrorie and Light Blues legend Derek Parlane have all taken part this season and we will continue this in 2017/18 and beyond.
“It is a great way for fans to have direct contact with the youth staff and players, plus a few legends from the past, and it is something they really enjoy as well.
“One of our flagship initiatives for the season was launched a few months ago and our ‘£20k in 2017’ campaign has been a huge success.
“Our new Rangers Lotto direct debit system makes it even easier for fans to play and support the youth department and early sign ups have been encouraging.
“Again, thank you for the backing and indeed to Graeme Murty for helping with the launch.
“Our new manager Pedro Caixinha is also a supporter of our work and I was humbled when he personally thanked me for RYDC’s backing of the Academy.
“He has given a number of youth players their debuts since his appointment – Myles Beerman, Jamie Barjonas and David Bates among them – and it is great to see them pulling on the Light Blue jersey for the first time.
“I have no doubt there will be many more in the future and we will continue to do everything in our power to support the Academy.
“RYDC has enjoyed a successful campaign and I am sure we will continue to grow in the weeks, months and years ahead.
“Thank you to everyone for their support. It is greatly appreciated by everyone at RYDC.”
Full details on Rangers Lotto, Rangers Bricks, Rising Stars, Scratchcards, ‘£20k in 2017’, our Youth Members Club and other RYDC initiatives can be found at www.rydc.co.uk and more examples of our work can be found here: https://rangers.co.uk/club/academy/youth-development-company/