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


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


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 [email protected].

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



Individuals, schools, clubs and organisations that wish to apply for membership should complete this application form.

Benefits of membership are:

• Attending the Annual General Meeting and any Special General Meeting,
• Being eligible for nomination to serve on the Management Committee,
• Electing members to serve on the Management Committee,
• Applying for ASA Grant Awards
• Participating in relevant ASA events/activities.

Apply for Membership

Our Team

Kayleigh Haggo

Co Chair

Former Ayrshire Sportsability participant and volunteer, now Co-Chair. Boccia UK athlete currently training for selection for Paris 2024 Paralympics. Frame Running World and European Champion and World record holder. Scottish Disability Sport disability inclusion tutor and athlete ambassador. Studied Sports Coaching and Development at the university of the West of Scotland.

Kristin Carpenter

Co Chair

I have been involved with sport my whole life, competing up to the university and international levels in athletics before graduating university with a degree in Leisure and Sport Management and starting a career in sports administration.

I worked for nearly ten years on multi-sport events including the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games.  I also had the opportunity to study successful events for people with physical and sensory disabilities as a part of the formal IPC Observers Programme at the 2013 IPC World Athletics Championships.

Now calling Ayrshire home, I am excited to be a part of a group working tirelessly to make sure people with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in sport.

Kirsty Mackay Ayrshire Sportsability

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.

Billy McClean

Board Member

I am passionate about the role of sport and physical activity in helping people to stay happy and healthy.  As Head of Adult Community Health and Care Services in South Ayrshire with a professional background in physiotherapy, I work with partners to promote healthy behaviours and independence.  As a dad with two daughters I coach girls rugby in my spare time and love supporting the girls to build fitness and confidence through team sport.  I have been on the Board of Ayrshire Sportsability since 2010 and I’m proud of the work we have done to build participation and performance in sport for those across Ayrshire with a disability.

Nicola Granger

Board Member

Joint NHS Advisor. Clinical Lead Physiotherapist specialising in working with Adults with Learning Disabilities with a passion about equality in access to physical activity opportunities.

Paul Todman

Board Member

I am Paul Todman ,I am a community sports officer for KA Leisure. I have been working in the sports sector for over 20 years and I have a strong passion for sport. My current role is to create opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy various sports throughout North Ayrshire and to overcome any obstacles that might prevent them from participating. I also aim to promote the benefits of physical activity and healthy living in the community.

Robert A McCroskie

Board Member

I am a Founder of Ayrshire Sportsability.

Former Vice-Chair and now a member of the Board of Trustees.  I retired from a career in Education, having worked in both Mainstream Secondary and Special Education. Since retiring, I am still very active in the community.

I am a Justice of the Peace within the Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries, and Galloway, sitting on the Bench at Ayr JP Court. I was a Founder and former Chair of the charity – Recovery Ayr, a charity set up to help people of all ages recover from addiction in South Ayrshire.  I am privileged to be only the fifth President and Chairman of the Bachelors’ Club, Tarbolton, since it’s inception by Robert Burns, who was the Club’s first President.

Gavin Drysdale

Board Member

Gavin Drysdale is a Frame Runner from Ayr with over 10 years of experience competing on the international stage. Gavin became a Double World Champion at the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships by winning the 100m in the T72 category, adding to his World Title he won over the same distance four years earlier. Gavin is also currently studying for an honours degree through the Open University specialising in politics and international relations, whilst working part-time as a Project Officer for World Abilitysport.

Dr Liz Carlin

Board Member

Liz Carlin is a lecturer in Sport Coaching and Development at the University of the West of Scotland and has a research expertise in inclusion and disability sport. As a volunteer, she has been involved in the field of adaptive and accessible sport for nearly 20 years at all levels and has coached football, basketball, archery, and floorball. Liz also works within coach education with a focus on safeguarding and wellbeing in sport for Sport Scotland, Sport Northern Ireland and Scottish Gymnastics as well as being a National Trainer for UK Anti-Doping.

Gary Seymour

Board Member

Sport has always played a major role within Gary’s life, he was a keen footballer and Karate student competing to a high level and representing Scotland for both of these. Moving on to University graduating with a honours degree in Sports coaching with development.  Gary has now been working as an Active School coordinator within East Ayrshire Council for over 15 years with a direct focus on disability sport.  He has a  real passion for developing opportunities for all, removing barriers towards participation and he is driven to ensure all young people become more physically active.

Leanne Hillan-Fowler

Board Member

I am the North Ayrshire Council representative and have had the pleasure of this role for the last six years. My job title is Active Schools Manager. I am a keen supporter of ASN sport and physical activity and have this at the heart of our work in Active Schools. Sport is in my blood  as I have played competitive netball for over 25 years and only recently have hung up my trainers.

Lauren Goldie

Board Member

I’m Lauren I am part of Ayrshire Sports Ability board through my job role as Active Schools Coordinator in North Ayrshire Council.

I am the coordinator for Lockhart campus along with the Greenwood Academy Cluster, I run local ASN events for North Ayrshire and lead on our North Ayrshire Sports Academy ASN pathway for S5/6 leaders who want to gain coaching qualifications to work with children with a disability in sport.

I have a real passion for working with children who have a disability, and want to make a difference in my work and community.

Rory McKinna

Board Member

I have been a disability sailor since 2014, gradually working my way up to national, European, and now the world level.

Alongside sailing, I am also studying urban planning at the University of Dundee.

As an Ayrshire native, I am keen to see the growth of disability sport within the three counties and ensure everyone can access the sport that suits them best.