MASSIVE NEWS FOR TREATY UNITED AS THEY ARE SET TO BE BOUGHT BY TRICORPS PACIFIC CAPITAL, A CANADIAN INVESTMENT FIRM.
Treaty women’s player Ciara McCormack, who is originally from Vancouver, is set to be become the clubs CEO and will be the first female to occupy that role in any League of Ireland club. The Canadian defender will also have an ownership stake in the club as well according to reports.
The current board consists of volunteers and part time coaches that were cheered on by a loyal fanbase, and the Canadian firm look to strengthen and build on this previous work as well as making the club more sustainable.
McCormack, who was born in Canada, represented Ireland at senior level between 2008 and 2010. She earned eight caps for the nation as a defender.
According to Treaty’s website: “The new ownership group plans to invest in revitalising and professionalising the club, with the goal of creating a sustainable and inspiring club that will be highly competitive with both its men’s and women’s senior teams and will be a leader in youth player development in Ireland.”
Not only is McCormack a dedicated athlete, she is also an advocate of safe sports for all, has graduated from Yale and has a master’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Connecticut.
In her new role she will be hoping to maximise her strengths in both business and sports to help elevate the Shannonsiders to the next level.
Speaking on the potential takeover, McCormack said: “As someone who was given an opportunity to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally, I couldn’t be more grateful to give back and build something special for the next generation of players in the country,
“With deep gratitude and acknowledgement for the immense work that’s been done by the volunteers and Board of the club in the last three years, combined with my partners from Tricor Pacific Capital, I am delighted, proud and excited to advance Treaty United FC forward both as a Football club and as a key contributing member of the Limerick Community,
“We aspire to be a club that everyone in the Mid West can be excited to be a part of and get behind.”
Shawn Lewis, CEO of Tricor Pacific Capital also released a statement.
He said: “Tricor is incredibly proud to be partnering with Ciara to make a long-term investment in Treaty United FC. We look forward to working closely with the League of Ireland and the Limerick community to build the club and see it become a thriving organization that will inspire the many generations of footballers to come.”
A full announcement is expected on Tuesday the 17th of October at a press conference.
With this investment, Treaty are presented with the opportunity to get themselves back to the top table of football in Ireland. A city as big as Limerick deserves to have a team that can compete for trophies and possibly, within a few years, Treaty can become a household footballing name.