Easter Road supporters have handed over a cheque for £10,000 to the club’s youth academy, bringing the total raised in recent years by the popular fans’ message board Hibs.net to around £50,000.
And, in addition to the five-figure sum just donated, Hibs.net have poured in cash by sponsoring the kit of manager Terry Butcher and a number of players.
While this year’s funding goes directly to the youth system, cash previously raised has been spent supporting the “Kick for Kids” scheme which buys season tickets for the use of under-privileged children and helping cover the travel to youth tournaments abroad.
Today Mike McGivern, speaking on behalf of the message board, said: “We’ve always said that any surplus funds we raise will go to the club and as much of that as possible we put into youth development.”
Bill Hendry, Hibs head of youth development, added: “Hibs.net have been constant supporters and their generosity has always been much appreciated. The club itself invests a significant amount of money in the academy and anything that goes towards helping that is gratefully received, but this is a large sum so we want to sit down and work out how best it can be used by us.”