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Rangers' cash woe affects FE college

North Glasgow College is owed pound;11K by the club for classes it provided

North Glasgow College is owed pound;11K by the club for classes it provided

The long list of creditors affected by the financial crisis at Rangers Football Club includes a further education college - at a time when unprecedented budget cuts mean the sector is struggling to make ends meet.

North Glasgow College is owed pound;11,041.80 by Rangers FC for classes it provided - and principal Ronnie Knox told TESS he does not expect to see those debts repaid.

The money is owed for the college's involvement in the Rangers development programme, an initiative run by the club to provide training and work experience opportunities for locals.

Sixteen participants attended the college for a number of days between November 2010 and March 2011 for computing and healthy living courses, training in football coaching and general support.

"We did the educational bit, Rangers provided the work experience," Mr Knox explained.

Once the college realised there was no payment coming in for its services, it moved the participants into existing courses rather than asking them to leave. "You don't throw folk out," said Mr Knox.

He hopes the course will be resurrected and says he would not be deterred from working with whatever entity takes Rangers' place following the imminent liquidation of the club. "I am not going to close the door on any future initiatives," he said.

North Glasgow College is not the only educational institution owed money by the Glasgow club. Hutchesons' Educational Trust is listed as being owed pound;550, although Hutchesons' Grammar School declined to comment.

julia.belgutay@tess.co.uk.

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