Youth Academy Race NightDate: Friday, 5th May 2023
The Parents Fundraising Committee of the Dunfermline Athletic Youth Academy are organising a Race Night / Disco on Friday 16th June. This will be their first event and all hope that it will be the first of many events in the coming years.
Whilst the funding at the Academy from Dunfermline Athletic is significantly better than what Fife Elite was able to offer there are still financial challenges to meet in order to operate as a Performance Progressive Academy rather than a Performance Academy.
They now have 3 full time staff working in the Academy as opposed to just Bill Hendryand the grant they now receive from the SFA as a Performance Progressive Academy doesn`t help that much in meeting the costs of the additional to the full time staffing roster.
The clubs in the SPFL Premiership will each receive this year around £500,000 from UEFA for youth development as a consequence of Celtic and Rangers playing in the Champions League in season 2022/23.
Our club aspires in the long term to have an Elite Academy but until payments from UEFA trickle down to clubs in the Championship that will be difficult to achieve. However, we continue to strive to be the best we can be. That`s why having a parents group raising funds will play an integral part in taking what the Academy can do to a higher level.
Please support the event on June 16th if you can. Even if you can`t attend on the night there are ways you can still help.
The committee are looking for sponsors for each of the 8 races on the night..........£100
We are looking to sell horses names and jockeys for each race.....£5 per horse and £5 per jockey. Parent reps at each team are dealing with this.
Finally, thank you for all your support in what the Academy currently does. It is much appreciated.
Bill Hendry asks the question ....... "can you help to take us to the next level?"