SUPPORTERS CLUB PLANS GET TOGETHERS
Paisley Pirates Supporters Club is gearing up for the new season, even though it is still two months away, with forthcoming events planned to get fans of the team together, and raise much needed cash to keep them afloat.
“We spelled out to members at the recent AGM that the main club needs a regular flow of income into the coffers to allow it to maintain its position as one of Scotland’s premier teams,” said club chairman Bill Elliot. “To help ensure that happens we’ve started to recruit fans to run in the Paisley 10k and 3k runs on Sunday 21 August, and we’ve set up a JustGiving page so that they can encourage friends and relatives to support them. The registration fee for the shorter race is £7, while for the longer distance it’s £14. We appreciate the latter is maybe a lot to expect a casual participant to pay, when their main objective is probably to support the Pirates, so the Supporters Club will reimburse those running over that distance half the cost (ie £7), so that no one prepared to give up their time to help the club is overly burdened by the entry fee which, we understand, is going to a cancer charity. A couple of the committee have already said they’ll go in the shorter distance, and we reckon it’ll be worth taking part in the fun just to see them go round! It’s a great chance for supporters to become part of Team Pirates for the day so we hope we will have folk signing up, having a fun day out, and genuinely helping their very favourite ice hockey team! Supporters considering entering either event can get more information by going to: http://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/event/Paisley10KRoadRacewithFunRun2016”
Fans have got just enough time to get over their physical exertion before it’s time for the first Social Night of the season, which will be held in our home from home, the 5 on 5 Club, within the ProLife Complex, the following Friday, on Friday 26 August, from 7.30pm till late.
Elliot continued, “We’ve been listening to the views of some supporters who have suggested including other activities in the night, as well as keeping those which have gone down very well in the past year or so, and we’re just checking out just now what we can do in that respect with the venue,” the chairman went on. “For some reason Bingo is a big hit with everyone, so we’ll be keeping that in, with maybe a wee variation, to keep supporters on their toes, while we’ll also be doing an auction which is always a great fundraiser for the club. We’ve already got as a star item a genuine GB top, autographed by the Head Coach, and of course former Paisley Pirate himself, Peter Russell, while we’re happy to accept donated items providing folk get in touch with Marie Cadenhead, club secretary, in advance of the night, so we know we’ve got them coming for auction. Anyone with an item which they are happy to donate in this regard should drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be including other activities such as karaoke as and when we receive clearance to say we can do them, so watch this space!”
“There’s also a few cyclists within the club and they might be interested to know that there’s a Pedal for Scotland event taking place on Sunday 11 September. Once again, we’re hoping folk who may already enjoy travelling by two wheels under their own steam might sign up for this event, as Club Treasurer Steve Johnston has already done, with the JustGiving page once again ready to take donations which will ultimately help the Pirates. It’s already received a couple of donations, which is great news for all followers of the club, and more of the same would be even better!”
He went on, “We’re hoping to arrange other fundraisers during and beyond the season, as well as having other smaller money making schemes on the go during the year, such as folk selling football cards, tear off tickets, etc while we’re investigating other avenues such as the purchase of merchandise which will keep the flow of money constant. A little help in this way from supporters can and will make a huge difference to the funding of the Pirates, and allow the main club management to concentrate its efforts on the team, itself a 24/7 operation. So if YOU think you can help us make that happen, by taking the odd football card to sell in your place of work, or take a few tear off pontoon tickets, please get in touch with us, and we’ll sort it all out. Make no mistake, this is an important time for the club, and with your help, we can keep the Pirates where we want them to be, at the top of the SNL tree!”