Why Ayrshire Sportsability?

Ayrshire Sportsability is an investment in the future of people with a disability. These people will benefit from our activities by meeting other people, taking part in new and exciting sports, taking up sports regularly, developing further and taking part in competitive sports, in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport.

Festival of Sport

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Ayrshire Sportsability gives people the opportunity to take part in a range of sporting activities led by qualified and experienced coaches.

The activities are organised on an Ayrshire-wide basis in partnership between the NHS, 3 local councils, local and national disability sports organisations and the national sports body for Scotland. Each year, we hold the Festival of Sport event for people from mainstream schools, ASN schools and the wider community.

The five day event is split between children and adults and offers a variety of sports, including some activities the participants have never tried before. Over 200 primary and secondary pupils took part in the first Ayrshire Special Games in 2003. This has grown to nearly 600 people participating over five days.

Grant Awards

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Ayrshire Sportsability are keen to support participation/performance levels of people with a physical, learning or sensory disability in Ayrshire and Arran. We have introduced a non-recurring grant award system for an individual or club within Ayrshire.

To find out more about our grant awards please contact ASA or email admin@ayrshiresportsability.org.uk.

Individual Development Award

  • For talented athletes/players competing in a local or National event.
  • For talented athletes/players identified by Scottish Disability Sports (SDS) Regional Manager, who require a United Kingdom Sports Association for People with Learning Disabilities (UKSA)/International Sports Federation (INAS-FID) classification in order to compete at a National/International event.
Individual Grant

Grant for Groups

  • To support start up costs for establishing new physical activity and sports clubs.
  • To purchase specialised/adapted equipment needed to help run the club.
  • To support costs of providing additional support staff to aid inclusion within mainstream clubs
  • To train club staff in disability awareness
  • To provide opportunities for disabled people within existing mainstream clubs
Group Grant

Our Team

Dr. Waiyin Hatton

Chair

A former regional, national and international podium medallist in karate for 12 years,  Waiyin initiated the establishment of Ayrshire Sportsability in 2001 with the three Ayrshire Local Councils when she was the Chief Executive of NHS Ayrshire and Arran. She believes everyone is a star and set up Wai Beyond to inspire and nurture greatness in people, teams and organisations following her retirement from the NHS in 2012. She puts back into the community and is currently Chair, University of the West of Scotland; Chair, Action Against Stalking; and Vice-president, Scottish Chamber of Commerce. Her other contributions included being first Chair of Institute of Healthcare Management (Scotland); past President, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce; former Chair, Kilmarnock College, and Vice-Chair, Ayrshire College; and former non-executive director, British swimming and Sportscotland.

Sandy King

Board Member

For nearly 30 years, Sandy was responsible for managing the Sports and Fitness Department at Kilmarnock College/Ayrshire College. Since the inception of Ayrshire Sportsability, he has been an enthusiastic supporter of the organisation. Now retired and a delighted grandfather!

Kirsty Mackay

Board Member

I work with the Active Schools Team in South Ayrshire developing programmes to give more children and young people the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity. I am passionate about ensuring that Scotland is a place where sport is accessible to all.

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Adrienne MacPherson

Board Member

Adrienne was PE and support for pupils teacher at Marr College for 36 years.  Adrienne has a special interest in combining both subjects to ensure quality education for those with additional support needs.

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George Maxwell

Vice Chair

Throughout my life I have been actively involved in sport as a professional footballer, basketball referee and regularly frustrated golfer.

In my career in education as a teacher of physical education, as a head of department and latterly as a Depute Head Teacher I have viewed sport as an excellent vehicle for people young and old to shine through adversity and to create lifelong friendships and passions.

I am delighted to now be able to play my part in enabling people with disabilities the opportunity to engage in sport at whatever level and to create pathways that will allow them to maximise their potential in the sport of their choice.

Whether it is festivals for all, increasing participation through club support or giving assistance to elite performers in the sport of their choice it is my desire to be able to say that Ayrshire Sportsability is making a positive difference and creating opportunities and experiences to develop disabled sport, and with it the sportsmen and sportswomen of Ayrshire.

Billy McClean

Board Member

Billy is Associate Director for Allied Health Professions in Ayrshire, responsible for the design and delivery of services involving over 900 staff across four Health and Social Care organisations. A Board member of Ayrshire Sportsability and Voluntary Health Scotland, he works with third sector organisations to strengthen their impact.

A clinical leader and manager with cross sector experience; he is passionate about working with partners to deliver the best health and wellbeing outcomes possible for everyone, especially for those communities in most need.

A proud husband and dad, he believes that “change begins with you” and enjoys spending time with his family, engaging in a range of physical and outdoor pursuits.

Stephen Browning

Board Member

Based in North Ayrshire I have worked for Cunninghame District Council and North Ayrshire Council within the Sports Development Team of their respective Leisure Services Department since 1990. Following the setup of the Leisure Trust in 2000 I was transferred across to KA Leisure.  During this time I have served as Secretary and Administrator for North Ayrshire Sports Association for the Disabled (NASAD), formally the local branch of Scottish Disability Sport before they relinquished their branch membership in favour of Ayrshire Disability Sport. I was part of the Ayrshire wide partnership that assisted in the set up of Ayrshire Sports Ability and its first Festival of Sport back in 2003.

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Dawn McGeachie

Board Member

I have always had a passion and love for sport, especially athletics  and progressed through club, regional and national levels.  My highlight was competing for Scotland at the 1996 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and internationally for GB at 400m.

Initially I qualified as a PE Teacher and taught for 3 years. I have been employed now for 30 years with South Ayrshire Council (previously Kyle and Carrick), within Sport and Leisure as a Sports Development Officer. As part of the Sports Development Team we promote participation in sport through the junior Learn 2 and adult Like 2 programmes, administer the South Ayrshire Talented Athlete Membership which supports local elite athletes with access to training facilities and coordinate the Coach Education programme, including  generic and sports specific courses for local clubs.

I have had personal experience of disability as a younger family member has an additional support need. She benefited greatly from engaging in sport and competed in the Special Olympics in swimming and athletics.

Although I have just recently joined the Committee after a lengthy time away, I was privileged to be part of the original committee formed to set up Ayrshire Sportsability.

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