Dumbarton FC have today scrapped their entire Youth Development programme.

The Championship club, who folded the under-20s section of it’s you set up last year, has now ended it’s Under-13s, Under-14s, Under-15s and Under-17s sections.

The Sons cited financial difficulties as the reason for shutting it’s academy, saying it was “unavoidable”.

The Scottish FA are set to roll out Project Brave in the coming months, as the focus shifts to elite players and ensuring Scotland’s top young talents rise through the ranks.

And the club will now be “exploring other creative routes to supporting youth players in the future.”

A statement on the club’s website said: “With decreasing grant funding coming from the SFA, the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Project Brave, the significant resources required to comply with CAS participation, and the SFA's commitment to elite player development, Dumbarton FC has reluctantly concluded that the finance and resources necessary to operate within the CAS model cannot be sustained.

"With all of the above factors taken into consideration, DFC has had to face the fact that that it will not be able to participate in competitive youth football, within Club Academy Scotland, next season and will advise the SFA accordingly.

"The Board would like to thank the entire Dumbarton FC youth development staff who have supported our youth operation over the years.

“Despite this unavoidable decision about withdrawing from Club Academy Scotland football, it remains committed to the future of youth football in the area, and will be exploring other creative routes to supporting young players in the future."