Understanding Talent Workshop with Tony Stanger

We are delighted to announce a workshop to be given by former Scotland and British Lions rugby international, now Head of Talent Identification at SportScotland, Tony Stanger.


The workshop is aimed at parents and coaches, to help them support young developing athletes.

The event will take place on

Thursday 29th January 2015

6.30pm to 8.00pm

The Ballroom, Western house Hotel, Ayr

Space is limited, so to guarantee a seat, please email


For more information, go to http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/sisport/expertise/talent/

or watch the video here:-

Volunteers required

It’s that time again where we are looking for volunteers to help out at our next meet.

SAST Mini Meet: 25th January 2015….

We need all types of help, and remember if you have a swimmer entered into this meet then we usually require that you help out.  There will be an opportunity to see you little one swim…

IF you can help out on the day, morning, afternoon all ALL day then email  volunteers@southayrshireswim.co.uk 

Thank you .

Cash For Clothes….

We are collecting clothes at the time trials tomorrow…any unwanted items please bring them to the Citadel at 7pm tomorrow night.

WISH TOKENS:  We will be collecting these tokens at the following venues:

…………Pool Party Citadel  15th December

…………Christmas Disco (ARK) 20th December..




Click for 2014-2015 Calendar-updated Dec 2014 which has been updated. North Ayrshire 200m has been added (for National, District, Junior/+ & Youth Squads. Please be aware that this clashes with the National School Champs. we have requested a date as to when swimmers will have confirmation of qualifying for the champs. This will be included in the North Ayrshire meet info out Next week, so swimmers can have a better idea when / if entering. Provisional 50m training dates have been added for District & National Squads. These will be confirmed soon. Please note that District Squad 50m training is tomorrow (Saturday 6th Dec). The session on the 13th December has been removed from the calendar. apologies for any confusion.

Click for TRAINING ALTERATIONS updated Dec 2014 which includes the Christmas break. Please note that it is the Time Trials on Monday for all Development, Junior & Junior+ Squads (50m back, breast & free). Youth Squad will train 9:00-9:45pm with Masters.

How to buy tickets for the Christmas Disco

Tickets for the Christmas Disco on Saturday 20th December 2014 will go on sale from Monday 8 December priced £5.

The disco will be held in The Ark ‘Nightclub’, Citadel, Ayr.

Development and Junior will attend from 7pm – 8.30pm.  Parents picking children up should attend at 8.25pm.

All other squads will attend from 8.30pm to 10.30pm.

All children must be collected from within The Ark.  Children will not be allowed to leave unaccompanied.

The ticket includes admission, a drink, crisps, sweets and entry into a raffle.  Children can bring money if the wish to buy other drinks or sweets but there is no need to do so.

Tickets can be bought at the Time Trials on Mon 8/12 or the Festive Fun Night on Mon 15/12.

In addition, each squad has a nominated person selling tickets and these can be bought at training sessions:

  • National: Patrick Smith
  • District: Susan Smillie
  • Junior: Marie McCormick
  • Youth: Val Seville
  • Junior+: Alison McKinnon
  • Troon Development: Brian Anderson
  • Prestwick Development: Catherine Moore
  • Ayr Development: Alison McKinnon

disco ball

SAST Swimmer Picks Up Top Award

I was delighted to be able to attend the National  Squad training session at the Citadel tonight to announce that one of the swimmers is the winner of the West District James Wallace Memorial Trophy for the most successful junior swimmer in the West District in 2014.

A huge congratulations and well done to Katie Robertson on picking up this award.

Katie will be presented with the award at the West District AGM at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow on Saturday.

This is a great achievement for Katie, the club and the coaches who have been involved with Katie through the various SAST squads.

Katie is pictured below with a gold medal won at a meet earlier this year.

Pictures from the award ceremony will follow at the weekend

Well done Katie!

Brian Anderson, Club Chairperson

Katie 100 Breast Medal

Hot News – Tickets Available

The release of the One Direction tour tickets for 2015 is not the only hot news this week.

Tickets for the most anticipated social event of the year have just arrived from the printers and will go on sale this week too.

However, there is no waiting for hours on a phone line or camping out in the cold just to make sure you get the tickets you want.

The SAST Christmas Disco tickets will go on sale this week priced at £5.

The club’s ‘ticket selling agents’ will be at the Time Trials on Monday, Festive Fun Night on 15th and at squad training sessions from next week too.

If it’s not in the diary yet then Saturday 20 December is the date to remember.

Further details will be released over the weekend but don’t hang about as these tickets are sure to sell fast.IMG_15321

A Team For All, But Above All A TEAM