Galveston, TX, (December 7, 2010)—Galveston Pirate SC general manager and coach Brendan Keyes is proud to announce that his organization has aligned with Ayr United Football Academy (AUFA), the developmental unit of the premier Scottish 2nd Division squad, Ayr United FC. The association will offer both sides publicity and support benefits with future transatlantic tournaments and playing opportunities in the plans.
Keyes had connected this past summer with AUFA journalist Marc Roseblade, who has generously posted Pirate SC game stories on his site, http://myscottishfootball.blogspot.com/. The new official partnership will further deepen the ties between the two respected clubs. Keyes believes it will open the door to outstanding opportunities for his elite players to take their game to the next level.
“This is a fantastic time for the Pirate SC community,” Keyes said. “Ayr United has one of the richest histories in the game. My players will have the chance to go over there and train with AUFA, which plays against some of the world’s top academies such as Manchester United and FC Barcelona. If they’re good enough, they may one day advance to play with the first-team squad, an experience of a lifetime.”
For now, and at the least, AUFA and Galveston Pirate SC supporters will rally around each other to bring encouragement and publicity to the clubs. In the future, it is hoped that the affiliation will extend beyond intercontinental relations and awareness, and launch a cross-Atlantic soccer tournament.
The Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) already boasts ties with esteemed international organizations. Club America has planted an academy team in Houston, and talk exists about FC Barcelona one day seeking a Houston academy branch as well. The SPSL is always looking to grow and welcomes premier teams to apply, academy affiliation or otherwise.
For more details on the partnership, please check out http://www.aufa.org.uk/2010/12/ayr-united-football-club-and-galveston-pirates-a-soccer-partnership/.