UniKL aims to become one of the best teams in the 2019 season. Photo by UniKL.

University Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) is set to raise the bar in producing professional hockey players after it forged a collaboration with Italy’s Pistoia Hockey Club (PHB) recently.

Both clubs will now work together in recruitment, development, coaching and player-exchange initiatives, reported New Straits Times.

“Pistoia have agreed to use the UniKL logo on their jerseys and we will also help each other on many aspects to promote the sport in both countries,” said UniKL president Datuk Dr Mazlihan Su’ud.

Being the only hockey club that has its own stadium in the country, UniKL is aiming to become one of the best teams in the 2019 season.

“Since the club’s formation in 2009, we have won many junior titles as well as produced players for the national senior and junior teams.

“We hope to organise leagues for clubs, schools, universities and communities in Bangi, Nilai Serdang, Seri Kembangan, Kajang and Putrajaya,” said Mazliham.

Pistoia technical director Train Filippo along with players Giordano Daniele and Masi Alessio were in Malaysia as part of the collaboration.

The club play in the second-tier competition in Italy.