Fifers thinking of their future with giveaway

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East Fife chairman Lee Murray says the decison to hand out over 300 free season tickets to youngsters was done with the club’s future in mind.

Last week the Mail reported on an initiative being launched by the Bayview club to give every member of the East Fife Youth Academy a fre season ticket for the 2014/15 campaign.

The East Fife Youth Academy is one of the most successful football academies in the east of Scotland with 21 teams and over 320 children, both boys and girls, from three-years-old and up.

The youngsters learn to enjoy the beautiful game thanks to the support of no fewer than 90 volunteers.

Mr Murray gave his reasons behind the generous gift.

He said: “As a provincial club, grassroots football is absolutely critical to our long term future which is why we are absolutely delighted to support the East Fife Youth Academy and to see it having doubled in size in the last 12 months.

“We also recognise that the academy would not be possible with the support of the amazing volunteers who give up their time every week to make it all happen.

“By giving the season tickets to all of the children in the Academy, we want to give all 21 teams the opportunity to build their team spirit on another level by coming to support their local team.

“If we can keep an extra 20 or 25 per cent of kids playing football into their teenage years and attract some of the best local talent to join the academy, we can hopefully build the next generation of East Fife players.”

With the financial challenges currently facing every lower league club in Scotland, East Fife FC have joined forces with BR Gas Contracts in Crossgates, who have covered the printing and distribution costs involved.