Aberdeen Football Club this afternoon announced a cash boost for our new training facilities at Kingsford.

The club have secured an additional £1 million towards the project, with American businessman Tom Crotty has agreed to contribute £500,000 which has been matched by board director Dave Cormack.

Tom Crotty has already made an initial investment of £775,000 last year towards the project.

Mr Crotty told the club website: “In my experience, and particularly through my work with Grassroot Soccer, football has a hugely positive impact across whole communities. The Club has to be congratulated on its approach to delivering sports facilities for the wider community, not just a footballing academy for its own players, and for the exceptional work of AFC Community Trust. I’m thrilled to further support these ambitions.”

Chairman Stewart Milne said: “These are two important additional investments for which we are incredibly grateful. Despite the on-going challenges in the market, we are very much on-track with our fund-raising for phase one: the community sports hub and training facilities and we plan to announce further exciting fund-raising plans in the coming weeks. Work on the site is progressing well and we hope to have this phase ready for next summer, when we can officially launch the Bobby Clark Football Academy.”

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