Celtic Pools – Helping create winners on and off the pitch

Celtic Pools – Helping create winners on and off the pitch – 2021/22 year in review…

For almost sixty years, Celtic Pools has been the Club’s official lottery operator, gifting millions of pounds worth of prizes to supporters and providing a vital source of support to youth development at Celtic.

Thanks to your support, Celtic Pools have been able to donate a record total of £1.32 million to the Celtic Academy over the last financial year. There are three main Celtic Pools products that have helped generate this massively supportive amount:

Weekly Celtic Pools donation
The weekly Celtic Pools Lottery provides a simple way for supporters to get involved in supporting the Academy, whilst having the chance of winning up to £25,000. The total amount raised via the weekly Celtic Pools lottery over the 2021/22 financial year was £367,000.

Paradise Windfall donation
Perhaps the most prolific Celtic Pools product, the Paradise Windfall pays out fantastic cash prizes to one lucky supporter every match day, home and away. With just a £2 stake and the opportunity to win up to £25,000, the Paradise Windfall is a great way to invest in youth development whilst adding an extra bit of excitement to your matchday. Over the last year, it was able to raise £924,000 for the Celtic Academy.

Prize Draw donation
The Prize Draw is the newest of the Celtic Pools products, having launched in October 2021. It gives fans the opportunity to win exclusive prizes and experiences, and has already been able to donate £29,000 to the future stars of our Club.

2021/22 season
The impact of these donations can be seen in the strong pathway that Celtic FC has created between its Academy and First Team.

5 First Team debuts
Over the course of last season, there were five First Team debutants from the Academy – Joey Dawson, Owen Moffat, Dane Murray, Ben Doak and Adam Montgomery.

6 First Team Academy graduates
Moreover, there were six First Team players that were graduates from the Club’s youth programme – James Forrest, Anthony Ralston, Stephen Welsh, Callum McGregor, Michael Johnston and Karamoko Dembele, totalling 177 appearances and 15 goals for the season.

15 Academy internationalists
On top of this, there were 15 international players within the current Celtic FC Academy set up:
Player International Team
Kai McLean Northern Ireland
Bosun Lawal Republic of Ireland
Dane Murray Scotland
Adam Brooks Scotland
Mackenzie Carse Scotland
Magnus Mackenzie Scotland
Josh Dede Scotland
Rocco Vata Republic of Ireland
Tobi Oluwayemi England
Rory Mahady Scotland
Kyle Ure Scotland
Mitchell Frame Scotland
Daniel Cummings Scotland
Aidan Cannon Republic of Ireland
Benny Jackson Luyeye Scotland

IMAGO / Inpho Photography. Under 17 International Friendly,  Turner s Cross, Cork 7/9/2021 Republic of Ireland U17, U 17 vs Mexico U17 Mexico’s Oscar Soto with Ireland’s Rocco Vata. Photo Ken Sutton

2021/22 Academy highlights
• Celtic FC B team broke new ground in their debut year in the Scottish Lowland league, gaining important experience and consistent game time, both invaluable for their development.
• Celtic FC U17s and U15s were given the fantastic opportunity to travel to Dallas, Texas and play in the Generation adidas Cup in association with Major League Soccer.
• The younger age groups also found success, winning a variety of tournaments over the course of the year – U10s Edinburgh Cup, U11s Edinburgh Cup, U13s Katoni Cup, U16s CAS League Cup.

Thank you for your support
It’s thanks to the Celtic Pools supporters that we are able to raise such a fantastic amount for the Celtic FC Academy and ensure our future stars receive optimal development from a young age.

Celtic Pools will continue to offer exclusive prizes and winning opportunities throughout the new season, and greatly appreciate your continued support.

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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