The football season may be over in Scotland but Partick Thistle have received some great news. £161m EuroMillions winners Colin and Christine Weir have donated another £500,000 to the club to secure the long-term future of the club’s youth set-up.
Last year the couple donated some of their £161m EuroMillions winnings to help make the club debt-free. They had already donated £750,000 to the club to create the Thistle Weir Youth Academy and this latest donation will ensure the project can continue for at least another five years.
The club came 9th in the Scottish Premiership this season. Their chairman, David Beattie commented: “The development across the Thistle Weir Youth Academy in recent years has been nothing short of phenomenal. Youth development is a massive part of the club’s long-term future and is something that the club sees as essential to underpinning further success.”
It’s the latest donation that lottery winners have made to football teams. In England, Lee and Sue Mullen who won £4.8m playing EuroMillions invested £50,000 in Grimsby Town and it helped them get promotion back to the Football League.
Not just football receives donations. $429.6m Powerball winner Pearlie Mae Smith said 10% of her winnings would be tithed to God. English couple Lorraine and Derek Daniels said some of their £729,026 UK Lotto winnings would go towards helping their local community.
Academy players Kevin Nisbet, James Penrice and Neil McLaughlin have already played for the first team.“There’s no two ways about it, the Thistle Weir Youth Academy is absolutely massive for this club and we are grateful to Chris and Colin for this further generous donation,” added the grateful Partick Thistle chairman.
The funding of their favourite football team is just one of many they have made. They also used some of their £161m EuroMillions win to finance the fight for Scottish independence.
Colin Weir said he and his wife are delighted with what the academy has achieved in such a short space of time. He added that the couple are “very happy to provide further funds to ensure the academy continues to grow.”
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