Hibs ‘remain committed to youth development’

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Hibs today insisted they remain committed to developing young players after confirming the club are to end their Transition Academy with Spartans

News that the arrangement – launched less that 18 months ago – was to draw to a close came at the beginning of the month but, at that time, Hibs boss Alan Stubbs declined to comment, insisting it would be wrong to do so until the situation had been fully explained to those concerned.

The Hibs statement read: “Hibernian confirmed receipt of formal notice from Spartans to bring to an end in December this year the Transition Academy for ten and 11-year-old boys which has been run in partnership with Spartans since its launch in June 2014.

“The club continues to enjoy a healthy working relationship with Spartans, including co-operation in a number of other areas. Both clubs intend to reflect on what has been achieved in a relatively short period of operation.

“Hibernian FC continues with its commitment to develop talented young football players through its Academy which is fully accredited by the Scottish FA as one of Scotland’s leading elite academies under its Club Academy Scotland programme.”

When news of the venture’s demise broke, Spartans chairman Craig Graham revealed their reasons.

He said: “Unfortunately, it has become clear that Spartans and Hibs have different approaches to the development of young players.

“It is a great shame that the project did not work out as we had hoped.

“We obviously wish Hibs youth development all the best for the future, but we will now focus all our attentions on developing the promising youngsters we have at Spartans.”