More details have emerged about an impressive new partnership struck between Rangers and Parkhall Integrated College in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The club officially announced the ‘new and innovative educational partnership’, which will be delivered by Rangers Soccer Academy, earlier this month.

The idea is to combine football with education for over 16s at the school which is attended by children of mixed religious backgrounds.

Current Rangers U18 starlet Ross McCausland is a former Parkhall pupil.

 

However, the programme isn’t just looking to find and develop professional footballers, but to open doors to young people to other aspects of the game such as video analysis and physiotherapy.

“We want to give a bit back to the community in Northern Ireland,” said David Graham, Rangers’ Head of Communications [ITV]. “We have expanded our soccer academies.”

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“Now, from the age of two and three, you can come and play for Rangers and we want to build the next generation of fans and the next generation of players.

“But a little bit more than that, we want to break some of the stereotypes…Getting out and seeking to build relationships in new communities.”

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Rangers have created an impressive new partnership with Parkhall Integrated College. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Rangers have announced many commercial partnerships since James Bisgrove’s appointment back in 2019 and big sponsorship is crucial to the future of the club.

However, it’s great to see the Gers also engaging in other projects which aren’t solely revenue-driven and back up the Everyone Anyone campaign, and it’ll be interesting to follow the progress of this new relationship with Parkhall over the coming years.

In other news, the UEFA competitions committee have made a major decision that could affect Rangers next season.

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