Youth club trains in Dundee United Football Club

Speaking to the BBC in October 2014, the then Dundee United Chairman Stephen Thompson praised both ArabTRUST and the Federation of DU Suppporters Clubs for their substantial five-figure investment in the regeneration of Gussie Park (pictured above). 

At this time, it was announced that United wer set to spend £300,000 installing a new FIFA two-star synthetic surface to upgrade their training facility at Gussie Park.

"We are re-investing a chunk of the money we have made in recent transfer fees," Mr. Thomson said. "It will give us a top facility for our youth teams to train and play on."

"ArabTRUST and the Federation of United Supporters have been a great support in this and they have contributed a substantial five-figure sum to the redevelopment of Gussie Park," he added.

"This is a major commitment and investment in our youth and community programme."

The then ArabTRUST Chairman Steven Hughes said "I’m delighted that after over two years of fundraising by ArabTRUST members and all United fans, the club are now able to provide their portion of funding to refurbish Gussie Park – the home of the Dundee United Youth Academy.

"A huge thanks goes to everyone who has contributed, be it through their ArabTRUST membership fees (we put a whole year’s worth directly to the project), Executive & Centenary Silver Patrons and those who purchased the 1909 Club tickets."

In total, ArabTRUST has put in £45,000 to the Gussie project, taking our support to the club to over £250,000 since our inception.

Steven said "The club funding has been helped by the sale of a graduate of the Youth Academy (Ryan Gauld) and it's fantastic that future Academy kids will now be able to enjoy the enhanced facilities at Gussie Park.