Ayrshire Does Strictly 2023

Two of Rugby Park’s familiar faces have waltzed into the starting lineup for this year’s ‘Ayrshire Does Strictly’ competition in support of the Killie Community.

The charity event returns for 2023, uniting a team of Ayrshire’s well-known personalities to raise funds for Kilmarnock FC’s charity initiatives across a night of glitz and glamour at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday 30th September.

For one night only, Mark Reilly will swap his football boots for the ballroom shoes. Having claimed a Scottish Cup winners medal and conquered the Marathon des Sables, Mavis will now follow the footsteps of Tony Adams and Robbie Savage by tackling the dancefloor.

Kilmarnock FC’s Hospitality Manager, Emma Wyper, will also step out in front of a star-studded judging panel, featuring Strictly Come Dancing professional Ian Waite.

Tickets are on sale now and include a drink upon arrival, three-course meal, and end-of-evening music from The Kilted DJ. Premier tables have sold out, but standard tables priced at £850 remain available.

Book your seat today by contacting: hospitality@kilmarnockfc.co.uk

The Killie Community would like to thank Regency Facilities Management for supporting the evening as event sponsors. You can also raise funds for the charity by backing your chosen celebrity through donation to their JustGiving page. The full lineup is listed below:

Mark & Maria

With a space on the mantelpiece between his 1997 Scottish Cup winner’s medal and a copy of his recently published book, Mark Reilly is now targeting the Glitterball Trophy. Mavis will take to the ballroom floor alongside professional Bulgarian dancer Maria – DONATE HERE

Emma & Sam

Usually spotted dancing through Rugby Park’s hospitality lounges, Emma Wyper is now set to sweep the ballroom floor alongside dance partner Sam; a highly accomplished choreographer, who graduated from the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera – DONATE HERE

Sharon & Nuno

MSP for the South of Scotland, Sharon Dowey looks to quickly shake off nerves as she takes to the dance floor for the first time since school country dancing lessons. In safe hands, Sharon is paired with Portuguese professional dancer Nuno who leads Scotland’s Dance4Passion dancing school – DONATE HERE

Bryce & Rita

A former pub landlord and gym owner, Bryce McCutcheon is now venturing into the entertainment industry in aid of the Killie Community. Tasked with ensuring that Bryce doesn’t embarrass his wife, partner Rita will use all of her international dance experience in preparation for the big night – DONATE HERE

Anthony & Lorna

Owner of The Italian Restaurant Group, Anthony Cecchini looks to serve up a five-star performance alongside dance partner Lorna who specialises in ballet, jazz and Latin – DONATE HERE

Diane & Frederico

Guiding pupils with severe and complex needs at the Aird Unit, Diane Sisi will swap the role of teacher for student when she pairs up with Frederico; a certified tutor of Ballroom and Latin dance, who also leads Scotland’s Dance4Passion dancing school – DONATE HERE

Kelly & Sami

A former A&E staff nurse who now works for S&A Housing Support Services, Kelly Ryder hopes that her partnership with professional Latin and ballroom dancer Sami will get the audience’s heart rates racing on the evening – DONATE HERE

Stuart & Leanne

Joiner and owner of a local building company, Stuart Duncan will down tools for the evening to form a partnership with United Kingdom Alliance’s street dance teacher Leanne – DONATE HERE