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We have 7 different teams – Children’s Flag (ages 7-13), U16 Contact (ages 13-16), U19 Contact (ages 16-19), Mixed Adult Contact (Ages 18+), Women’s Flag (Ages 16+) and Women’s Contact (Ages 16+).  Find out more about the different options below!  We recruit new players at all levels year round. You can contact us directly and we can let you know when you can come down and join in a session.

We also hold specific sessions for new players (‘rookies’) at different times of year for our different teams. These will be announced on our social media channels so keep an eye out for more information!

Playing – Children’s Flag (ages 7-13)

We welcome players aged 7 – 13 to join our Hamilton Buccaneers for flag football – a non-contact version of the sport split into U11 and U14. Training is at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground. All genders welcome.

Find out more information about joining our Hamilton Buccaneers team

Playing – U16 Contact (ages 13-16)

The Pirates welcome players aged 13 – 16 to join our East Kilbride Pirates U16 team. Training is at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground. All genders welcome, kit provided on loan.

Find out more information about joining our East Kilbride Pirates U16 team

Playing – U19 (ages 16-19)

Those over 16 are eligible to play at U19 level. Training is at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground. All genders welcome, kit provided on loan.

Find out more information about our U19 team

Playing – Senior Team (Ages 18+)

Our Premiership adult team is open to those aged 18+

Training takes place on Sundays from the beginning of January and on Thursday evenings from the end of March at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground.

Our season typically runs from April-August, with the playoffs in September if the team qualifies. Annual subs are currently set at £270 for new players and £360 for returning players. All players are required to pay by standing order. In addition, you will be required to pay your own league registration fee which covers insurance and competition entry – currently £50.00.

If you’re interested in trying the sport, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ve information available on what we have to offer, what we expect from you and how much it costs. Drop us a line at to find out more.

Playing – Women’s Teams (ages 16+)

Although girls and women are very welcome to play in any of our other existing teams, we now have dedicated teams to take advantage of the growth of flag and tackle football for women only. Our women’s contact team train out of Calderglen High School in East Kilbride. Our womne’s flag team train at King George V Sports Paviilion, Renfrew, PA4 0AN.

Find out more about our women’s flag team
Find our more about our women’s contact team


The coaching staff at the Pirates is comprised entirely of volunteers and in order to support the team and continue to develop as an organisation, we always welcome new coaches.

You don’t need to be Vince Lombardi to help out, just a basic understanding of the sport and the necessary skills to deliver information and help make our players the best they can be. The Pirates will fund all new coaches through their British American Football Coaches Association (BAFCA) Level 1 certification and support them in attending the annual BAFCA convention.

If you’re interested in becoming a coach with the Pirates, contact us via


Running a team from year to year is a job that takes the time and effort of a lot of people. The Pirates are always on the lookout for willing volunteers to do whatever they’re capable of – from design to flyering and postering to just about anything you can think of! You don’t need to be able to offer a huge amount of time, even a few hours here and there can make a difference.

In particular, making game days a special event for spectators is important and if you can spare a few hours to lend a hand with the set up and running of these, your contribution would be welcomed. To help out in any


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