Stirling Albion has received an apology from the Scottish FA following the press release this week on the status of their ‘Project Brave’ plans for youth development.
Seven clubs, including Stirling Albion, and all current Club Academy Scotland (CAS) members, were omitted from the details of how the new system will look from January 2018. There was no mention of the proposal for an Advanced Youth Programme for these clubs to allow them to continue the good work being done.
When Head of Youth (Admin) Stewart Taylor wrote on Thursday to express his disappointment he received a phone call apology from Campbell Money – the CAS Performance Academy Officer.
Airdrieonians, Alloa Athletic, Elgin City, Livingston, Montrose and Queen of the South, along with Stirling Albion, were not in a position to embark on a programme at the new Elite, Progressive Performance or Performance levels proposed. The cost and criteria for inclusion will be substantial and outwith realistic consideration.
However, having indicated their intention to continue with a development programme, all expected to be included in details of the alternative Advanced Youth Programme. The fact this development received no mention is a major disappointment to these clubs, who all certainly intend to continue with their youth academies.
A hastily-arranged meeting for all seven clubs will take place on Thursday to go over, with the SFA, the implications of the Advanced Youth Programme but our young players and their parents should be aware that Stirling Albion FC intends to try to continue the good work being done by players, parents, youth coaches and first-team staff.
Our club has been involved since the youth development initiative began in 1997 and, although it has often been a financial struggle, our programme has produced over 50 players who have played in our first team. We don’t intend to throw in the towel on giving our youngsters a chance to make it to first-team level.
SAFC Head of Youth (admin)