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£50,000 to help city’s youth support Dons in league cup final

14/02/14

The Common Good Fund is to be used to help city youngsters watch Aberdeen Football Club take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Communities League Cup Final next month.

Members of the Urgent Business Committee voted 7 - 6 in favour of council leader Barney Crockett's motion to instruct council officers to work with the Scottish Professional Football League and Aberdeen Football Club to ensure that as many children and young people as possible from the city are able to see the Scottish League Cup Final; and to agree that up to £50,000 be allocated from the Common Good Fund towards the costs associated with the proposal.

Councillor Crockett said: "There's a great feeling about lots of things across the city at the moment. One of them is the prospect of seeing the Dons playing in the Scottish League Cup Final, which is raising spirits across Aberdeen.

"It's a wonderful idea to involve as many young people and children in this experience as possible. It's some time since the team has made it through to a final and the excitement in the city is palpable.

"We will be speaking to Aberdeen Football Club and the football authorities to ensure that our young people get the opportunity to see their team compete in this important and exciting cup tie, which will foster and help to grow their interest in sport and fitness."

Officers are due to meet with representatives of Aberdeen Football Club on Tuesday.

The Scottish Communities League Cup Final will be played at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Sunday, 16 March.