Media Release: Former England rugby player, Mike Catt, gives leadership presentation


RUGBY great and 2003 Rugby World Cup winner, Mike Catt, will visit Ayr Rugby Club this Thursday 31 March to speak to local businesses before coaching some of the most promising young rugby players from the town’s schools.

The former England back, capped 75 times for his country, will share experiences from his highly successful career with an audience of local business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Mike will reveal how the same motivational techniques used in high-performance sport can be transferred to the world of business.

Rugby stars of the future will have the chance to benefit from Mike’s visit in the afternoon when he will be organising a training session for young players from selected local secondary schools.

Mike’s visit also coincides with the launch of Ayr Community Rugby Trust’s youth programme, which encourages those who wouldn’t normally play rugby to engage with the sport.

Clydesdale Bank is a proud sponsor of Ayr Rugby Club, who were crowned Premier One Champions in 2009, and Mike’s visit forms part of the bank’s commitment to ensuring the club’s on field success continues for years to come.

Clydesdale Bank’s Ayrshire Financial Solutions Centre (FSC) managing partner, Willie Mackie (pictured above), said: “We are looking forward to welcoming a sportsman of Mike’s calibre to Ayr and our members are keen to hear tales from his illustrious career.

“Mike is an inspirational figure, having played at the top of his profession for so long, and will be able pass on a wealth of knowledge to Ayr’s young rugby players.”

Clydesdale Bank
Financial Solutions Centre
43 Alloway Street
Ayr KA7 1SP
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Willie Mackie, managing partner
Tel: 01292 272072
Fax: 01292 280202

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Clydesdale Bank

Clydesdale Bank is part of the National Australia Bank Group. Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and, as one of Scotland’s largest banks, has a proud history of innovation and support for Scottish industry and communities as well as a significant presence in London and the South of England. With its sister bank, Yorkshire Bank, Clydesdale has 339 retail branches across Scotland, the North of England and the Midlands, and 72 Financial Solutions Centres throughout the UK, which offer customers a highly integrated business and private banking service.

Financial Solutions Centres

Financial Solutions Centres (FSC) focus on the communities in which they operate. Each of the UK-wide network of 72 FSCs offers a tailored range of business and private banking services under one roof. A team of specialist partners provide customers with end-to-end solutions for all of their banking needs. Each customer benefits from the in-depth expertise of a dedicated relationship partner who takes the time to get to know them and their business and is able to make fast, local decisions. In addition to banking services, the FSCs also operate as a hub for local business, with a range of networking opportunities and meeting facilities available as a benefit of membership.

Issued by the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council, and member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor, Murdoch MacDonald.

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

South Ayrshire Council
Clydesdale Bank
Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort
Ayr Racecourse
Western House Hotel
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants
Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers
Donald Ross Estate Agents:
Westgale Ltd Building Contractors
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
Paligap Creative Agency
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects
JB Management – Training Providers
Brunston Castle Golf Club
Fouters Restaurant
Christie Financial Planning Ltd
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
Kestrel Press
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
West Sound Radio
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail


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Contact: Murdoch MacDonald
Phone: 01292 281498