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Falkirk end partnership with Forth Valley Football Academy

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Falkirk Football Club have officially announced that they will no longer be funding the North Valley Football Academy, instead focusing their resources on their first team squad.
The club released a statement on their website explaining that their current business model was "unsustainable" as they had made losses ever since their appearance in the Scottish Cup Final in 2015.
The statement reads, "If we carry on doing what we have always done, we will remain as we are presently. We recognise an absolute need to change the way we do things.

"We want to be a Premiership football club, and to achieve this, our First Team needs to be our absolute focus.

"As a result of this, the decision has been taken to prioritise the use of available resources in our first team. From 31st December onwards, Falkirk Football Club will therefore cease its funding of the Forth Valley Football Academy.

"This was not an easy decision and means that our focus on youth development will, for the time being at least, significantly reduce."

Forth Valley also released a statement in response to the news saying, "This has implications for the future of this academy."

"The board of the FVFA consists of representatives of East Stirlingshire FC, Falkirk FC and Stenhousemuir FC. We will meet shortly to discuss what this means for us and what the next steps should be.

"We will be in contact with all parents of all children involved in the academy in due course."

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