A new competition will be staged from September to November this year, featuring seven schools in the county. The South Ayrshire Schools Conference will see boys' teams from S1, S2 and U16s and U15s girls' teams competing week-in, week-out for the chance to make it to the Finals Night at Millbrae.
With rugby already firmly established at Marr College and Carrick Academy, SASC aims to promote and encourage the sport at Girvan, Belmont, Ayr, Kyle, Queen Margaret and Prestwick, with Carrick fielding a girls' team. It is hoped that U18 girls' teams will play when possible.
Points will be awarded in the boys' competition for wins, draws and losses. In the girls' competition, each school will host a festival, with points awarded for wins, draws and losses in the round robin format, as well as the number of players each school brings to the fixtures. Boys' and girls' points will contribute to school totals, with separate totals for the girls' teams.
Round 1 - Thursday 10th September
Girvan v QMA
Belmont v Ayr Academy
Prestwick v Kyle
Round 2 - Thursday 17th September
Kyle v QMA
Belmont v Prestwick
Ayr Academy v Girvan
Round 3 - Thursday 24th September
Prestwick v Girvan
Ayr Academy v QMA
Kyle v Belmont
Round 4 - Thursday 1st October
QMA v Belmont
Girvan v Kyle
Prestwick v Ayr Academy
Wednesday 9th September - QMA
Wednesday 16th September - Carrick Academy
Wednesday 23rd September - Rozelle
Wednesday 30th September - Prestwick Academy
Wednesday 28th October - Kyle Academy
There will be play-offs throughout November, with the finals for girls and boys across all age groups taking place on Friday 13th November at Millbrae, home of Ayr RFC. Awards for school of the year, girls' school of the year, team of the year, most valuable player and most improved player for each age group will be presented.
It is certainly an exciting time for rugby with the World Cup coming up and it is hoped that lots of boys and girls will be encouraged to lace up their boots and get involved in the South Ayrshire Schools Conference.