While the world brace themselves for the World Cup Semi-finals tonight where Croatia takes on England, Scottish Championship club Partick Thistle are already celebrating due to the fact that they have just received another £600,000 donation by £161m EuroMillions winners Colin and Christine Weir.
Shortly after Colin and Chris Weir shot to fame for winning one of the biggest EuroMillions jackpots, an incredible £161 million back in 2011, they immediately donated £750,000 to fund the Partick Thistle club's youth academy.
They pledged a further £500,000 to the academy in 2016, and now a further £600,000.
Academy director Scott Allison said: "This is unbelievably good news - a real pat on the back for everyone."
"The success of the academy can now be seen in the number of our graduates making it to the first team in increasing numbers and that can only improve," Allison said.
"But it's also significant that we are also now seeing success for our women's team, who sit within the academy and who benefit from this structure.
"We have been working hard to make the academy self-sustaining financially, but this fresh injection of cash from Colin allows us to do that now in a measured way.
"I can't thank them enough as this guarantees ongoing success for a number of years to come."
The mega-rich EuroMillions lottery winner and Partick Thistle supporter Colin Weir said, "I have been impressed with what the academy has achieved in five years.
"Players are coming through to the first team and it's great to see us really starting to grow our own.
"This money will help that to continue at pace and perhaps see money come back to the club as players move on.
"I hear regularly what's happening at the academy and this donation should signal that I continue to be impressed with what's being achieved, at all levels."
The Partick Thistle Club isn’t the only organization that has received donations from the kind-hearted EuroMillions lottery winners over the years. They donated to fund the Yes campaign in the Scottish referendum.
The Thistle Weir Youth Academy currently runs six sides from under 11s to under 17s and has well-established grass roots teams starting from four years old. In addition to the grassroots and pro-youth levels the women’s team also fall under the Thistle Weir Youth Academy.
The Academy provides the link from the local community into top-flight national football and aims to provide the required knowledge, guidance, facilities and encouragement to enable footballers to maximise the opportunities available to them.
It has already produced some first-team players including goalkeeper Ryan Scully, defender James Penrice and striker Kevin Nisbet.
Sustaining the academy financially has had its ups and downs prior to the assistance of the EuroMillions jackpot winners Colin and Chris Weir, which is why the club can’t thank them enough for their massive donations over the years.
Hopefully, this new investment from the EuroMillions winners will see Partick Thistle get back into the Scottish Premiership sooner rather than later.
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