Beach bonanza for Carrick

Turnberry Beach was packed for the beach rugby: Touchline Images - Rob Hardie
Turnberry Beach was packed for the beach rugby: Touchline Images - Rob Hardie

It was a bonanza weekend of rugby on Turnberry Beach back in July as the second annual festival drew hundreds to the picturesque setting.

They enjoyed top-class sport, food, sunshine and family fun. The organisers were delighted with the success of the event, and are keen to support worthy causes around the world with the fruits of their labours.

Having raised £1,100 over the two days for charity, threeprojects will be benefitting from donations. Co-founder Andrew Dunlop, said: “TBR looks to support causes that will benefit local people as well as the similarly-minded rugby community. We see the links made in the community vital to the continued growth and fully appreciate all the local support. We were thrilled to see so many come down to the beach to enjoy the festival, we can’t wait to get our teeth into organising next year’s event, which will be bigger and better than ever before!”

£300 was donated to Girvan Academy for their three-week expedition to Nepal next year, where they will be working with the Hope Worldwide Foundation which provides schooling for orphaned children, street children and children from low-income families.

“The pupils run the entire trip and will plan out and budget for each day of the expedition,” said teacher Alan Drennan. “They will learn leadership skills and develop as individuals over the course of the expedition. The money raised from TBR is a valuable contribution towards the total we need to raise to go on this trip.”

Ayr RFC 1st XV regular Nick Cox led the team which won the men’s TBR competition and has given the £500 prize money to the Southside Christian Fellowship to help their charitable endeavours in Bulgaria.

Southside works in the Mahalla area of Razgrad with families living in deprived conditions. Part of the funds will be used to take children from the Ludogorie Orphanage on a five-day summer holiday, as well as assisting in building projects to aid the community’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable members.

The Bill McLaren Foundation also received £300 from TBR. Named in honour of the great rugby commentator, the Foundation encourages and provides sporting opportunities for young people, and will be creating an educative centre.

John Thorburn of the Foundation said: “The money donated by Turnberry Beach Rugby will be used to develop and promote the game of rugby union and its values.”