GREENOCK Morton Hockey Club are playing for the jersey — and showing their support for the Ardgowan Hospice.

In a local first, all of the hockey teams from juniors up to seniors will have the hospice’s name and logo emblazoned on their team kit.

It is part of a new a joint fundraising campaign launched by the club and charity.

Head of Greenock Morton Hockey Alan Martin said: “This is a great partnership and we are delighted to show our support for the hospice. We hope that together we can raise a lot of money for a good cause.

“It is a win-win for everyone.”

Greenock Hockey Club and the Morton Community Trust joined forces around three years ago.

They run a junior programme at Clydeview Academy with teams from under-eight right through to a senior side.

The club hope to bring through new talent to match the success of club players who have become internationals, such as William Marshall, Kareena, Cuthbert and Gordon McIntyre.

Club president Graeme Quigley, who has his daughters Nuala, seven, and Iona, four, signed up, is delighted with the hospice tie in.

He said: “We want to show that we are very much part of the community. It is important to support the hospice and this is a nice way to do that.

“We are also working to see if we can get back to Inverclyde to play our games and are in talks about the cost of the pitches.”

Hospice fundraiser Joanna Hunter welcomed the gesture.

She said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the hockey club to raise our profile.”

The juniors train twice a week at Clydeview Academy on Sundays from 10am to 11.30am and then on Wednesdays from 6 to 7.30pm.

The joint fundraising campaign is now underway with a justgiving site