#ourclub project

As many of you may have noticed the bar is being completely refurbished and there are some exciting changes being made to improve it for all members. This project was dreamed up by our former vice president Tony Bale who sadly passed away last week after losing his battle with cancer.

The project has two main objectives that we are hoping to achieve. Firstly, we want to bring a focus back to all sections of the club and to bring everyone under one umbrella working to achieve one goal. If we all come together as a club and help improve the fabric of our clubhouse, then we will all benefit from it. Secondly, we want to give everyone a more modern bar that people will enjoy using.

Tony has kindly provided the money to transform the fabric of the lounge and to make the changes to the actual building. What we need to do is raise the money to replace all the furnishings in the bar because there’s no point in having a brand-new bar with old tables and chairs in it.

This is where we need your help, we’re asking for donations to help make this project a reality. Any donation big or small will go a long way to help us achieve our goals as a club.

We have several ways for people to get involved and to stake their claim on the club. We will be running events throughout the summer which will be announced in due course. There will be donation buckets around the club for any spare change that people might have and we have also set up a gofundme page so that people can donate money online. www.gofundme.com/ardrossan-accies-bar-refurbishment

At the end of the day, the only way we can make the club better is by doing it ourselves. The club doesn’t just belong to a team or a group of players; it doesn’t just belong to the people that sit on the committee, this club belongs to everyone that supports Ardrossan Accies because it’s #ourclub.

Tony Bale Funeral Arrangements

The arrangements for Tony Bale’s funeral are as follows:

  • Funeral Service on Wednesday 31st May at St Peter’s in Chains Church at 10.30am
  • Thereafter at Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, Dreghorn at 12.00
  • Family Flowers only
  • The family would like as many people as possible to come back to the Laurieston after the funeral

The family have asked that all mourners wear bright colours and that all members wear club ties.

Bar Refurbishment

The bar is closed for refurbishment until Friday the 26th of May. The club will still be open for any training, matches or events however the member’s lounge will be shut.


The President and Committee of Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Football Club would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the Club’s 95th Anniversary Dinner to be held in Seamill Hydro Hotel, Seamill, West Kilbride on Friday 28th April 2017.

Tickets for the evening are £60.00 and can be purchased by either:

  1. Forwarding a cheque made payable to Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Football Club (A.A.R.F.C.) to me at 14 Longcraigs Avenue, Ardrossan. KA22 7 PU.
  2. Pay by bank transfer.  Account Name: Accies Dinner, Sort Code: 83 27 02, Account Number: 00714764. Clearly referencing your name.

Please confirm by email your bank transfer to briankean@sky.com

Tickets will then be forwarded by post. Closing date for tickets is Friday 7th April 2017.

Main SPEAKER – The main Speaker on the evening will be Alastair Kellock, former captain of Glasgow Warriors & Scotland.

HOTEL – Preferential rates for Bed and Breakfast have been negotiated with the hotel at a cost of £108 per twin room. Anyone wishing to take advantage of this offer should contact the hotel direct. Tel: 01294 822217.

SEATING – Please indicate on your response particular seating arrangements for yourself or your party otherwise we will organise you seating. Circular tables seating 8 or 10 guests will be used.

BUSES – Transport has been organised from Irvine to Seamill and Seamill to Irvine/Largs. Details of bus times will be supplied with the tickets.

This Weekends Games

Saturday 24th September

1st XV – Cartha QP RFC v Ardrossan Accies RFC @Cartha QP KO 3pm

U18s – Ardrossan Accies RFC v Glasgow Hawks RFC @Memorial Field KO 1pm

Sunday 25th Semptember

U16s – Kilmarnock RFC v Ardrossan Accies RFC @Killmarnock RFC KO 2pm

U14s – Stewartry RFC v Ardrossan Accies RFC @Irvine RFC KO 2pm

U13s – Kilmarnock RFC v Ardrossan Accies RFC @Kilmarnock RFC KO 2pm

Minis and Micros – Ardrossan Accies RFC v Ayr RFC v Stewartry RFC @Ayr RFC meet time 10am

Youth Round Up 18th September

Youth round up for 18th September

by Murray Grayston


The U13s had the pleasure of hosting local rivals Irvine Rugby Club this weekend! Also a much improved turn out this week saw the number boosted from 7 to 11 for the game which helped build on the success of the previous week’s game. Overall the boys put in a great shift and played some fine attacking rugby to show the Irvine team how we do it in Ardrossan running out eventual winners with 12 tries to 7 in reply. Special thanks again to all who helped with catering for this home game and to both sets of boys from both teams for their continued efforts and commitment. Here’s hoping this trend of good performances and improvement continues as the hard work at training continues!

For Jordan’s full report go to http://www.ardrossanrugby.com/u13-match-reports/


Paisley came down to the Memorial Field this weekend to face what was a very in-form Accies team in traitorous conditions. Despite the weather the Accies saw a fantastic turnout this weekend and went into the game with a strong squad of 16. However, due to Paisley’s lack of numbers, the boys still didn’t get their first full 15-a-side game of rugby this season. The match itself was a masterclass in defensive rugby by the Accies and also how to attack when the conditions aren’t on your side. All of these factors helped the Accies to a very impressive 57-12 victory which was a great credit to the boy’s efforts. Also a special mention to the boys who helped out Paisley by playing a half of rugby for them and to the off field maestros who made sure the post-match formalities ran as smoothly and as well as ever.

For Scott’s full report go to http://www.ardrossanrugby.com/u14-match-reports/


The U16s hosted Bishopton/Garnock this weekend at the Memorial Field, after having no fixture last weekend, in what at times were very wet conditions. This lead to a lack of opportunities in key areas for the Accies and overall a one sided final score line. However, there were several positives to be taken out of the game for the boys and there was by no means a lack of effort on any part with the boys showing a fantastic never say die attitude. With hard training and effort improved results will be inevitable for this team. Yet again a huge thanks to all the boys for a fantastic effort and all the parents who helped everyone run smoothly – including stand in coach Peter Campbell!

For Murray’s full report go to http://www.ardrossanrugby.com/u16-match-reports/

Training Times

We are always looking for new players to join our teams and everyone is welcome, regardless of playing experience. For further information and contact details for each age group go to the relevant page under the youth rugby tab.

Minis: Wednesday 6pm-7pm
Sunday 12.30pm-2pm

U13s-U16s: Wednesday 7pm-8.30pm
Sunday 12.30pm-2pm

U18s: Tuesday 6pm-7pm
Thursday 7pm-8.30pm
Saturday 12.30pm-2pm

This weekend’s games

Saturday 15th September

1st XV- Ardrossan Accies RFC v Peebles RFC @Memorial Field 3pm KO

2nd XV – Ardrossan Accies RFC v Dalziel RFC @Memorial Field 3pm KO

For details of the pre match lunch go to http://www.ardrossanrugby.com/pre-match-lunch/

Sunday 18th September

Ladies – Kelso NDL @Kelso RFC 1st match KO’s at 10am

U16s – Ardrossan Accies RFC v Bishopton/Garnock RFC @Memorial Field 2pm KO

U15s – Stewartry RFC v Ardrossan Accies RFC @Stewartry RFC 2pm KO

U14s – Ardrossan Accies RFC v Paisley RFC @Memorial Field 2pm KO

U13s – Ardrossan Accies RFC v Irvine RFC @Memorial Field 2pm KO

Youth report 11th September

Minis and Micros

This weekend Ardrossan hosted Carrick RFC’s and Uddingston RFC’s mini and micro sections with a total of 80 kids playing for Accies across both sections. The micros played Carrick twice and played a number of Accies v Accies games which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. The p4/5s combined into two large squads and played a number of matches against both opponents and didn’t lose a single game. The p4s particularly impressed in their first ever attempt at “tackle rugby”. The p6/7s combined squad also had a successful day at the office losing only one of their five games. A massive thanks to the army of parents who contributed to the running of the tournament.

For Jamie’s full report go to http://www.ardrossanrugby.com/mini-and-micro-match-reports/


The U13s had an early start on Sunday with their game against Birkmyre having an 11am kick off. Due to a lack of numbers the match was played as a training game over five periods of ten minutes which allowed the boys to put into practice everything they’ve worked on over the past few weeks of training. Thanks to Birkmyre for lending us some of their players and making the most of the game.

For Jordan’s full report go to http://www.ardrossanrugby.com/u13-match-reports/


The U14s travelled to Kilmarnock for their 2nd game of the season. Unfortunately with high winds forecast the team had to travel without the players from Arran and only managed to get a squad of 11 together. However, between the two teams, we managed to get a 13 a side game going. The match itself was a masterclass in attacking rugby with 14 tries being scored in total. The Accies side showed a great level of maturity and teamwork to come out 30-12 winners.

For Scott’s full report go to http://www.ardrossanrugby.com/u14-match-reports/

The U18s travelled all the way to Oban to play their 2nd league match of the season off the back of a narrow defeat to Cartha QP last weekend. In a close affair the physicality and aggression, of an Accies side who’d worked on their ball carrying at training this week, was tested. Unfortunately with Oban leading not long after half time our very own Matthew Lee suffered a serious arm injury and the game was abandoned. The spoils went to Oban but both teams came together to clap off their injured team mate and showed a great level of camaraderie and sportsmanship. Get well soon Matthew.

For Andy’s full report go to http://www.ardrossanrugby.com/under-18s/match-reports/

Training Times

We are always looking for new players to join our teams and everyone is welcome, regardless of playing experience. For further information and contact details for each age group go to the relevant page under the youth rugby tab.

Minis: Wednesday 6pm-7pm
Sunday 12.30pm-2pm

U13s-U16s: Wednesday 7pm-8.30pm
Sunday 12.30pm-2pm

U18s: Tuesday 6pm-7pm
Thursday 7pm-8.30pm
Saturday 12.30pm-2pm