Bid for water sports centre in Ayrshire town

A £30,000 crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help build a water sports centre in Troon.

The Post has learned that a charitable group, who call themselves the Troon Water Sports Centre Committee, are behind the appeal.

If the plans come to fruition, then there’s every chance that Troon could become the ‘go-to’ destination for water specific activities such as kayaking, rowing, dinghy sailing and windsurfing.

The group describe themselves as a small team of “like-minded individuals” with a “drive and determination” to enhance Troon‘s Community beach and waterfront facilities.

They have already outlined their proposals on their Just Giving page.

In addition, the group hope to establish a main community hub near Port Ranald Drive- and a satellite unit, near South Beach Car Park.

They said: “Troon is an iconic town on the Ayrshire coast blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches and a micro-climate that makes it one of the best places for non-motorised water sports.

“In fact, it is currently voted by Red Bull as the 4th best place in the UK for Kite Surfing.

“However, there are very limited facilities that enable both the local community and tourists to enjoyably capitalise on the water sports opportunities the town naturally provides.

“It is our mission to finally provide facilities encompassing a main community hub near Port Ranald Drive and a satellite unit near South Beach Car Park.”

The plans include sheltered changing and shower facilities, entertainment space, equipment and boat storage units and a safe slipway for launch and recovery.

The committee said: “Ultimately we want to provide an opportunity for those who may not normally have access to sports such as kayaking, rowing, dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and stand up paddle boarding- all activities that are proven to build confidence and self belief.”

The group are at the start of their crowdfunding journey, but they are hoping the public can dig deep and help them.

The said: “Mainstream funding can be extremely difficult to obtain especially with the significant economic impact of COVID-19.

“We fully appreciate that times are tough right now, but we have also learned that having access to the outdoors and outdoor exercise has significantly improved people’s mental well being during lockdown. Any support, no matter how large or small, would be greatly appreciated and will take us closer to completing our goals for the community.”

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