Since 2002, RYDC profits have been directed to the Club’s youth programme – with more than £5.5 million provided in the last decade – and now their logo will feature on all strips from under 17 level and below.
It is a natural fit as RYDC has played a major role in helping fund the Academy down the years and first team midfielder Andy Halliday, who is a former Rangers youth player, joined current youth stars Liam Kelly, Tom Walsh and Ross Lyon at the training ground to confirm the announcement.
Craig Mulholland, Head of Academy, is delighted with the continued support of RYDC.
He commented: “The Rangers Youth Development Company has helped provide more that £5.5 million to the Academy in the last 10 years and we really appreciate their backing. A host of Academy players have directly benefited from RYDC support since the training ground was opened in 2001.
“Most importantly their continued support will assist us in undertaking the significant change process which is ongoing in the Academy as we move forward with our ambitious new plan, culture and playing style. Colin Stewart and his team are huge supporters of the Academy so we are thrilled to use their logo on our youth kits.”
RYDC Director of Operations Colin Stewart commented: “We are delighted to see the Rangers Youth Development Company logo on the youth strips. It is a natural fit given our continued and absolute commitment to supporting the Club’s Academy and I thank Craig Mulholland and the Rangers Board for sanctioning this move.
“I also thank the Rangers fans once again for their backing, they have supported us week in week out for decades and have a passion for helping our youth teams.”
The first team and under 20 sides display the logo of official shirt sponsors 32Red but teams at under 17 level and below will now carry RYDC logos.
Rangers 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