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Pirates net new kit with Glasgow Airport support

 Paisley Pirates Hockey Team

One of Scotland’s most established ice hockey teams is set to benefit from new equipment thanks to recent funding from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund.

The Paisley Pirates have received a grant from the airport to equip the 25-strong amateur team with new socks and pucks for their participation in the Scottish National Ice Hockey League.

Established in 1946, the Paisley Pirates secured the esteemed ice hockey Scottish championship title in March 2013 and are hoping to win the top spot in the Scottish National Ice Hockey League later this winter.

Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund provided a grant of £700 to the group, which is run by volunteers and extends support to local voluntary and charitable organisations in the locality.

Renfrewshire Councillor Iain Nicolson, who is a member of the FlightPath Fund committee, said: “The Paisley Pirates have achieved a great deal over the past year and everyone is excited about what the future will hold for the team. It is great to see these players perform well, and this new funding from the FlightPath fund will be used to buy some much needed new equipment which I’m sure will be warmly welcomed by the team.”

A spokesman for the Paisley Pirates added: “Paisley Pirates are absolutely delighted that the Flightpath Fund is able to support our ongoing activities. Without that backing, it would be very difficult for us to continue competing as one of the top clubs in amateur ice hockey in Scotland, and supporting other voluntary groups and individuals within Renfrewshire. We are very grateful to the Fund Committee for recognising that we are a club run by the community, in the community, and for the community.”

The FlightPath Fund was established in 2010 to offer assistance to community groups, charitable organisations and innovative projects around Glasgow Airport. To date it has awarded more than £850,000 to around 250 organisations in parts of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire.

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