THE Rangers Youth Development Company celebrated their 20th year of supporting the club’s youth academy with another donation of £375,000.
This brings the amount raised by RYDC to £9.5m since 2002. A further £10.5m has been handed out in prize money to fans over the past year.
Profits from RYDC products have been invested in the development of young people at Rangers.
RYDC contributions are collected through a portfolio or various products. The group is responsible for raising funds through the Rangers Lotto, Union Jackpot half-time draw, stadium bricks and scratch cards as well as donations.
The RYDC are also very proud of their role in assisting the development of Nathan Patterson who joined Everton for a record fee last month.
Chief Operating Officer Colin Stewart said: “The Rangers Youth Development Company are delighted to donate a further £375,000 to Rangers Academy and this amount has only been achieved thanks to the loyalty of our incredible fan base. .
“As RYDC celebrates 20 years of supporting the Rangers youth program, I would like to pay tribute to each of the supporters who have supported our variety of products over the past 20 years.
“We remain committed to supporting Rangers Academy in any way we can, and we are extremely proud of the fact that we have raised £9.5m since 2002.
“RYDC has also handed out £10.5million in fan prizes over the past year and again we are delighted to do so.
“Rangers are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year and 2022 also marks two decades of serious financial support from the RYDC to the Academy. As always, we will continue to work closely with Craig Mulholland and his Academy staff to assist the Club and also promote RYDC products.
Academy Director Craig Mulholland said: “It has been a fantastic few weeks for the Academy. Academy graduate Nathan Patterson became the biggest selling player in our 150-year history; Leon King extended his contract, moved into the first-team dressing room and racked up more Scottish Cup minutes; Alex Lowry, a very exciting creative talent, made his cup debut and started in the SPFL; and we’ve seen Charlie McCann feature regularly on the 1st team bench.
“This good news continues now with Colin and his team, despite the most difficult circumstances during Covid, and having no crowds in the stadium, once again supporting the Academy, our staff and our ambitious projects, with a remarkable sum under the circumstances.
“We are extremely grateful to Colin, his team and all the Rangers supporters who have contributed to these successes by purchasing a raffle ticket, scratch card or any of the other RYDC products.
“We continue to invest this money carefully in line with our academy strategy and this allows us to make exciting appointments such as our new head of coaching, Zeb Jacobs, who we recruited from Belgium and who supports innovative projects such as our new B Team initiative in the Lowland League.
“A demonstration of the progress made can be seen in the UEFA Youth League where we knocked out champions Sweden and Bulgaria, while in the SPFL Trust Trophy we exposed players to the early days of men’s football with League wins. One Dumbarton and Alloa.
“When you see Nathan Patterson and Billy Gilmour, two of Scotland’s brightest talents in a generation, representing their country at the Euros this summer aged just 19, both at Rangers Academy since they were 8 , with the we now have a large number of U21 international football players, we are now seeing the results of the strategy we laid out 6 years ago, and those who contribute to the RYDC can see what their life support is accomplishing.
“When everyone at Rangers comes together we can achieve something special and it feels like one of those moments. Thank you once again.”
For further details of RYDC and its products visit www.rydc.co.uk or call 0141 427 4914.