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Burnley FC Partnership

Burnley FC increases club's footprint through multiple club partnerships across the British Isles

The development of coaches will be central to Burnley’s work at the partner clubs – the club will provide hands-on support in creating best practice structures to implement professional coaching in line with Burnley’s Category 1 Premier League academy. Long-term, the goal of the strategic partnerships is to create player pathways into the Premier League for the best players. Portadown were twice winners of the NIFL Championship Development League South from 2017-19, while previous academy graduates of Cobh Ramblers include Premier League stars Roy Keane and Stephen Ireland. Matt Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Burnley FC, 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 as much as they can learn from us. “We wanted to partner with clubs we felt would fit with what we stand for. The four clubs are at the heart of their local communities, have a passionate fan base and have chairmen and directors, who like Alan Pace and his team are ambitious and constantly looking to improve. “We have developed a great understanding with Portadown in recent seasons and this is a natural step for us both and our relationship with Cobh can be traced back to 1921 when the Clarets were crowned League Champions, prompting the newly formed club in Ireland to wear the famous claret and blue. In addition they are currently managed by our former defender Stuart Ashton. “Like ourselves Ayr have a relatively new Chairman who has a real ambition to push the club forward and challenge for promotion to the SPL, while our friends at Llandudno are keen implement a professional approach to their club and I couldn’t be more delighted to welcome all four teams on the journey with us.”

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