Troon Water Sports Centre SCIO SC047691

What is it and who is it for?

Troon’s Water Sports Centre (TWSC) is going to be a community facility providing a base for water-sports based activities including Coastal Rowing (Troon Coastal Rowing Club); the development of a wide range of water-sports skills for young people (Ayr Sea Cadets); and Sea Kayakers and Wind-surfers. We will also support activities such as walking (Ayrshire Coastal Path) and cycling (way-station for SusTrans Cycle route 7).

Who else will it be for?

The centre will provide facilities for community and education activities .

For Schools & Community groups: TWSC will provide opportunities to participate in small boat sailing, paddle sports and physical activity. This can improve health and well-being and assist in capacity building; in particular the training and development of coaches and volunteers.

Skills Training: TWSC’s maintenance and workshop facilities will provide opportunities for local schools and other organisations to offer various kinds of training. This will build on the programme used by Troon Coastal Rowing Club and the South Ayrshire Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme which enabled school pupils to learn boat-building, team work, and woodworking skills as part of their DofE Skills qualification.

What will the facility look like?

It will be a two storey building with boat & equipment storage, drying facilities, maintenance facilities and changing/shower areas. Upstairs will be a large multi-purpose training room, a kitchen, and an office. It will have an all-weather slipway for the launching and recovery of boats. Our planned location is to the north of Troon Harbour. South Ayrshire Council have agreed a long, low-cost lease.

Who will it belong to?

TWSC is  constituted as a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation), managed by a committee elected by its members. Membership will be open to all.

How will it be funded?

A number of potential funding options are being explored. Investment in marine leisure features in the Ayrshire Growth Plan and in the Scottish Government’s regional development plans. It is anticipated that the majority, if not all, funding would be secured through grants from local and national funding bodies. Initial conversations have been held with some of these bodies (eg The Big Lottery Fund). The project management team are being supported by Scottish Enterprise as they develop their plans.

How to find out more:

We will be holding a public meeting on Sunday 9th April,  1pm to 4pm, at the Walker Hall (opposite Troon Library), everyone welcome.

We have a facebook page to keep you updated.