The Scottish FA notes the course of action taken by Livingston Football Club to withdraw support of their youth teams.

We appreciate that this will not have been an easy decision for them to make and that it will have a significant impact on staff and the young players involved in the respective age levels.

Our overriding concern at this time is for the young footballers who have been affected by this change in Livingston’s strategic direction.

Clubs are invited to apply for the youth level they feel is most appropriate for them. Livingston applied for their place in the ‘Advanced Youth’ tier, which includes a level of funding consistent with that received before the introduction of Project Brave – honouring a Scottish FA commitment to member clubs.

As their comments note, it is their right to reallocate funding to the first team in what is their first season back in the Ladbrokes Premiership if they feel that is in the long-term interests of the club.