Former Dumbarton head of youth Tony McNally has blasted the SFA over Project Brave, after the Sons abandoned its youth development programme.

The 30-year-old resigned from his role earlier this month, but had already decided to step away from football altogether in January after becoming “disillusioned and sickened” by the game.

Stewart Regan, Chief Executive of the SFA described Project Brave as a “refresh Scottish performance strategy”, and its ultimate target is to ensure “Scotland can perform much better on the international stage.”

Some of the recommendations made by the people looking to reform Scottish football were to reduce the current 29 funded academies to a maximum of 16, and reduce the number of players in the academy system from around 2500 to 1200.

It has come under criticism in recent months by some over lack of clarity and planning, with Dumbarton becoming the first club to cut its youth academy set up.

And McNally sees other club’s following suit.

He said: “I can see the club’s reasons behind doing it, the financial reasons behind it with Project Brave because I’ve been to all the heads of youth meetings.

“There’s no clarity at all from the SFA or club academy Scotland about how much funding they’ll get, all they’ve said is that it’ll be cut.

“I’m not holding back in what I say as I don’t agree with it at all, they’ve totally disillusioned me and sickened me from the game. I’m chucking football altogether.

“It’s ripped the whole love of the game for me. It might take me out of the game altogether but I’m telling the truth and I’m saying how I feel. I’m probably saying what a lot of other people are thinking.

“I have no love for the game anymore, there’s no spark. I don’t even enjoy watching a game of football now.

“I never ever imagined myself being like this or feeling like this, football has been my life since I was a kid.

“In my opinion I don’t think Dumbarton will be the only club to scrap their youth, more will follow. It’s an absolute mess”

One of the controversial changes being introduced under the new plan is the introduction of six full-time staff involved in the development and the status of “elite clubs”.

McNally added: ”You’re starting to tag people and label them – you’re an elite player, you’re an elite coach and you’re an elite club.

“What I said at the meetings was who dictates who is an elite player or an elite club – and they said that’s down to individual clubs’ meeting the criteria.

“There could be an elite player at Dumbarton but he’ll not get a second look, if he’s at St Mirren, Rangers, Celtic or Hibs he’ll get first look.

“Whether they’re better players or not, they won’t get a look. I just think it’s wrong, you’re starting to label people and everyone’s opinion is different.

“They’re talking about slashing the finances massively and I then ask what will happen with the finances, and it’ll go to the elite clubs.

“They’re giving to the rich and taking from the poor and it should be the other way around really. It goes back to that elitism which I don’t agree with.

“You’ve just got to let them [kids] play. I’ve said it before but we over coach players, we coach them out of a manual and football isn’t like that, training proactively and you coach them with what you see.

“You’re putting scenarios to kids that aren’t actually realistic and won’t happen to kids on the pitch. You need to be careful how they do it. The whole Scottish Football thing has totally disillusioned for me.”

McNally suggested a different approach had to be taken for part-time and full-time clubs, and was critical of the youth players not being allowed to “win” games until they get to under-13 level.

He said: "Not all of them [kids] are going to make it, but you need to give them the best chance they can and I don’t think in Scottish football that they are getting the best chances.

“I would change it so full-time clubs go for under-12s, 14s, 16s, 18s, reserves, and have under-18s and reserves for part-time clubs.

“Go and let them play boys football, go and play competitively and the pro youth is non-competitive which I don’t agree with either.

“Let them go and win leagues, cups, medals. Let them go and play with their pals and go and enjoy their time.

“The better ones will get picked up anyway and as soon as they get to 17 years old then bring them into the under-18s.

“They can’t play in the first team till they’re 16 anyway, so what is the point of them coming to Dumbarton or any other part-time club at 10 years old.

“You need to wait till they’re older till they can get in.

And McNally says Project Brave will begin to take its toll not just on the children in a negative way, but the coaches as well.

He added: “For me, it’s sad because it’s the boys that lose out at the end of the day, it’s not the clubs and it’s not the SFA.

“A lot of boys will be lost to the game and coaches will be as well, a lot of coaches are getting sickened by the game.

“Where’s the clarity, where’s the structure, where’s the actual vision on how it’s going to plan out? They don’t know.”

The SFA have been approached for comment.