Clan and Pirates join forces

(PHOTO: Al Goold)

Glasgow Clan and Paisley Pirates have announced a new working partnership that will benefit both clubs.

The Scottish sides, who both play out of Braehead Arena, have come together for an agreement with a view to helping the sport in the West of Scotland.

Clan will assist Pirates with commercial and marketing, while Pirates will help in providing a pathway for young players to move from junior hockey and get the chance to train and play with the Elite League side.

It’s a partnership that has been in the pipeline for some time and Clan’s Chief Operating Officer Gareth Chalmers was pleased to get it over the line.

“I’m delighted to be able to confirm this new working partnership with the Paisley Pirates,” he said.

Adam Walker played for Braehead Clan for three years, but is now a coach with the Pirates (PHOTO: Al Goold)

“It’s something we have been discussing for a couple of years now and will not only benefit both the Clan and the Pirates, but I believe the wider West of Scotland hockey community.

“With the Pirates rich history and the fact they’re right on our door step, this is really something that should have happened a number of years ago, so it’s really exciting to get it finalised.

“We’re looking forward to working with our former player, Adam Walker, who works with the Pirates, Jackie and Ian Turley as well as everyone at the Paisley Pirates.”

Pirates Operations Manager Jackie Turley added: “I’m pleased that we’re able to solidify our relationship with Gareth and the Glasgow Clan. 

“This partnership will bring hockey and the local community closer together and provide a platform for our young players to strive for. 

“The Pirates are dedicated to developing top level British players and are excited to see what the future holds for both clubs.”

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