TWO high-profile sporting events are coming to Ayr this month.

First up this weekend is the Scottish Rowing National Beach Sprints Regatta, which will take place at the pier end of Ayr beach between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, May 14.

The event will see athletes selected for the Scottish rowing team and will also be used to identify potential talent for the GB team. 

And the preliminary pualifying round for beach bolleyball at the Paris 2024 Olympics will be held the following weekend at Kyle Academy’s beach courts.

This event will take place on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 - from 12noon until 5pm on the Saturday and from 9am-5pm on the Sunday.

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This is the first round of the CEV Beach Nations Cup qualifying event, and will see athletes from Scotland, Poland, Belgium, and the Czech Republic compete to progress to the second round, which will be held at a later date. 

There will even be the opportunity for spectators to give volleyball a go themselves with our ‘come and try’ activities. 

The events have been organised by South Ayrshire Council's Thriving Communities team in conjunction with Scottish Rowing and Scottish Volleyball. 

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Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy the events and support the athletes.  

Scottish Rowing chief operating officer Amanda Cobb said: “We are thrilled to be holding this new Beach Sprints event in Ayr this weekend and are looking forward to welcoming top-level athletes from across the UK to compete on the beautiful sands of Ayr Beach against the stunning backdrop of Arran.

"We owe a huge thanks to the team at South Ayrshire Council for their support in hosting the event and are looking forward to some great racing." 

Margaret Ann Flemming MBE, chief executive of Scottish Volleyball, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious event in South Ayrshire.

"I would encourage the community to get down and watch some fantastic volleyball and give their support to our Scottish team, whilst showing the other visiting nations a great welcome.

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"I would like to thank the team at South Ayrshire Council for going above and beyond in assisting us with the event and providing the brilliant facilities at Kyle Academy.”  

South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for sport and leisure, Councillor Brian Connolly, said: “It’s fantastic to see these national and international sporting events come to South Ayrshire.  

"Events like these inspire others to take up sports, so it’s important for us as a Council to support these.  

"Both events will be great to spectate and I’d encourage as many people as possible to come along to cheer on the athletes.”