Bully Wee quit youth foot­ball

Cut in fund­ing forces Clyde’s hand

Rutherglen Reformer - - Rugby - Will Hen­shaw

Clyde have an­nouced that they will no longer par­tic­i­pate in com­pet­i­tive youth foot­ball.

A state­ment on the of­fi­cial club web­site yes­ter­day (Tues­day) read that they con­cluded a re­view of the SFA Club Academy Scot­land (CAS) model for youth devel­op­ment.

Cur­rently, the club en­ters teams at Un­der-11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 into this struc­ture.

A state­ment read: “With de­creas­ing grant fund­ing com­ing from the SFA for com­mu­nity clubs, the sig­nif­i­cant re­sources re­quired to com­ply with CAS par­tic­i­pa­tion, and the gov­ern­ing body’s com­mit­ment to elite player devel­op­ment, Clyde FC has re­luc­tantly con­cluded that the fi­nance and re­sources nec­es­sary to op­er­ate within the CAS model can­not be sus­tained while it oc­cu­pies the lower tiers of the Scot­tish game.

“As a re­sult, the club has re­luc­tantly con­cluded that it will not par­tic­i­pate in com­pet­i­tive youth foot­ball, within Club Academy Scot­land, next sea­son and has ad­vised the SFA ac­cord­ingly.”

The state­ment added that par­ents of all youth academy play­ers are cur­rently be­ing in­formed of the de­ci­sion, and have been ad­vised that the boys are free to find new clubs when their con­tract ex­pires on June 30.

The club’s un­der-20 side, which is not part of Club Academy Scot­land, re­mains in place

The club have also con­firmed that the next Fans Fo­rum will take place on Mon­day, July 13, at Ruther­glen Town Hall (7.30pm).

The event will al­low sup­port­ers to ques­tion Clyde manager Barry Fer­gu­son on foot­ball mat­ters and also mem­bers of the board on wider club is­sues.

The club can con­firm that an ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eral meet­ing will be held on Mon­day, June 22 at 7.30pm at the Town Hall, Ruther­glen.

In­for­ma­tion packs, con­tain­ing the no­tice call­ing the meet­ing, the res­o­lu­tions to be con­sid­ered and the proxy forms, will be for­warded by email, and post where ap­pro­pri­ate, to adult own­ers at the end of the week to com­ply with the statu­tory 14 days no­tice re­quired for such meet­ings.

Meet the fans

Barry Fer­gu­son will be at Ruther­glen Town Hall

Fan fo­rum Clyde fans will meet next month in the Town Hall

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