Burnley chairman Alan Pace believes working with clubs like Ayr United can help the English Premier League side ‘grow.’

Scottish Championship side Ayr United are linking up with Burnley, Cobh Ramblers, Portadown and Llandudno in a UK-wide strategic partnership. There will be an emphasis on education and youth development, Pace believing it will benefit everyone involved.

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Burnley are working with Ayr United. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

He said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to grow Burnley’s footprint and profile in every corner of the British Isles and benefit from working with some fantastic clubs on our doorstep. We look forward to developing a strong working relationship with Ayr United, Cobh Ramblers, Portadown and Llandudno.

“This will no doubt benefit the clubs, the coaches and their players for many years to come. This is very much the first step in our plans to expand the football network of Burnley, build the relevance of our club beyond the North West of England and ensure that Burnley’s academy continues to be a high-performance hotbed for future first team players and international footballers.”


Chief Operating Officer at Burnley Matt Williams added: “While there are clear benefits to the football side of the club, I believe there will also be significant benefits both operationally and commercially for all sides, none of us are naïve enough to think we know it all, and I am sure we can learn from our partner clubs.

“Like ourselves Ayr have a relatively new Chairman who has a real ambition to push the Club forward and challenge for promotion to the Scottish Premiership whilst our friends at Llandudno are keen implement a professional approach to their Club and I couldn’t be more delighted to welcome the four teams on the journey with us.”

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