Ayr Rugby Football Club

The Ayr Community Rugby Trust (ACRT) obtained charitable status on 1st March 2008.  Through financial support from the ACRT, Scottish Rugby Union, South Ayrshire Council, the Stanley Morrison Trust and the Co-operative Funeral Care, the ACRT administers and helps manage  Development Officer Stuart Fenwick.  The ACRT also funds 50% of a SVQ student and additional part time coaches who work for the Trust under the supervision of Stuart.

The ACRT continues to go from strength to strength and is proving to be extremely successful in promoting and developing youth rugby in South Ayrshire.  Through the ACRT rugby in South Ayrshire is really thriving and a lot of very good players, coaches and volunteers have been unearthed.

In the past year rugby sessions have been delivered to a total of 14,950 individuals (10,648 boys and 4,302 girls).  There were 360 Primary school Sessions and 266 Secondary School Sessions.  The Development Officer also delivered 3 Foundation courses to 48 coaches across Ayrshire, held a level 1 referee course, which 36 attended.  A street rugby programme in partnership with South Ayrshire Council and Belmont Academy was also initiated which ended with a match against Girvan Academy.

The Ayrshire School League Finals saw over 700 people in attendance and all 4 finalists on the night were from South Ayrshire.  Primary Festivals were also held in 2 clusters with over 100 children at each festival.


Ayr Community Rugby Trust is a registered Scottish Charity (SC039365) and as such qualifies for Gift Aid.  Any tax paying individual can make a personal donation to the Trust and, provided that a gift aid declaration form is signed, the Trust can then claim 28% of the donation back from HMRC.

The Oval Ball is our main fund raising event and last year the Trust claimed an additional £1,500 of gift aid through forms that were completed on the evening.  Not an insignificant amount!!

Should you wish to make a donation please contact Neil Howie at any of the following:

Home Tel: 01292 445465
Mobile Tel: 07721 469966
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Any donation would be most welcome and would help greatly in the promotion, development and support of youth rugby.


Second rows Jonathan Agnew and Michael Badenhorst hail from Glasgow and South Africa respectively. After a year in Australia, Agnew returns to Scotland, having previously played for Hillhead/Jordanhill and Glasgow Hawks. 21-year-old Badenhorst was on impressive form for Dumfries Saints last season.

From Langholm, prop Robin Hislop has played professionally for Edinburgh Rugby, Rotherham Titans and Doncaster Knights.

Back row Tommy Spinks will be familiar to Ayr fans from his appearances for his former club Glasgow Hawks. He has also played for Jersey Reds and London Scottish, as well as representing Scotland at U16, U18 and Club XV level, as has Hislop.

Originally from Norwich, Scott Lyle can play at fly-half and full-back, and previous clubs include Bedford Blues, Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, and Bury St Edmunds.

Also a Bury alumni is George Stokes, one of a trio of stage 3 BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy players to play their rugby at Ayr in 2017/18.

Back row Stokes is joined by prop and former Scotland U18 captain Euan McLaren and winger Robbie Nairn, who has 14 caps for Scotland U20.

We look forward to seeing them and their Ayr team-mates in action this season.