Caley Thistle will continue to participate in the Scottish FA’s Project Brave after receiving financial support from 90% of parents of the club’s academy players.
Inverness had asked parents of the club’s 140 youth players aged between 12 and 18 to provide weekly payments of £10 per week in order to maintain the academy in its present form of “progressive” Project Brave status.
The Highlanders outlined the need for financial assistance to cover the costs of running the academy at a series of meetings held at Caledonian Stadium last week, with the club receiving enough backing after setting a deadline of today for responses.
Inverness have also revealed they have been approached by a number of businessmen and women who are willing to make financial contributions to support the academy, including one who has pledged to donate a five-figure sum.
Caley Jags chairman Ross Morrison said: “In my time on the board, this is probably the most emotional I have been regarding any part of our plans to turn the fortunes of the club around. The pandemic has put enormous pressure on us all at the club and the financial consequences have been staring us in the face and on our bank balance for months.
“Scot and I were determined to exhaust every avenue to keep the professional football dreams of Highland boys from Inverness and beyond alive. I would like to sincerely thank the parents for answering our cri de coeur.
“We will now focus our efforts to take up some of the additional kind offers made by parents and business people alike. The spirit of TogetherNess has been shown to be alive and well again at Caledonian Stadium.”