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SirDavidsNapper
15-11-2017, 07:34 PM
Appologies if I've missed it but not seen a thread on this. Looks like quite a significant step has been taken aimed at streamlining the club academy set up.


Clubs were graded on a range of criteria including staffing and facilities, with measurable performance outcomes also taken into account.

The top tier clubs will continue to receive funding from the governing body with additional funding for reaching objectives.

Clubs outwith the highest level will still receive some funding to continue their development work.

Project Brave 'Elite' clubs

Aberdeen
Celtic
Hamilton
Hearts
Hibs
Kilmarnock
Motherwell
Rangers

Project Brave 'Progressive' clubs

Ayr United
Dundee United
Forth Valley
Inverness
Partick Thistle
Ross County
St Mirren
St Johnstone

Project Brave 'Performance' clubs

Dundee
Fife
Greenock Morton
Queen’s Park


Elite clubs will play each other three times a season and play performance level clubs once.

Slightly worrying is that St Mirren and Dundee United both confirmed they could not afford to apply for a place in the elite bracket due to having to employ additional coaches.

I'm all for improving the youth set up and feel it's been badly needed for some time. Just hope the SFA get this one right.

Sir David Gray
15-11-2017, 08:21 PM
Who's the Forth Valley club?

Michael
15-11-2017, 08:29 PM
I've read a couple articles on this, but I'm still none the wiser as to what any of this actually means.

Pretty Boy
15-11-2017, 08:33 PM
Who's the Forth Valley club?

It's Falkirk, Stenhousemuir and a couple of others whom I can't remember.

Diclonius
15-11-2017, 08:43 PM
It's Falkirk, Stenhousemuir and a couple of others whom I can't remember.

Stirling, East Stirlingshire and Alloa?

Sir David Gray
15-11-2017, 09:07 PM
It's Falkirk, Stenhousemuir and a couple of others whom I can't remember.

Oh right so these clubs have joined together to provide one team?

Interesting idea.


Stirling, East Stirlingshire and Alloa?

Maybe not East Stirling since they're not currently in the SPFL set up but I would have thought Alloa and Stirling Albion would have been involved.

greenlex
15-11-2017, 09:14 PM
Ian McColl was saying it’s a huge financial burden in Ayr Utd too.

Bishop Hibee
15-11-2017, 09:37 PM
Interesting article here from 31st May. http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/15320526.Dumbarton_disband_youth_academy_as_Projec t_Brave_starts_to_become_a_reality/

I hope the young lads who don't make the elite still have an avenue to make it into top flight football. Simon Murray would be a case in point?