Academy kids to receive first-class coaching

One hundred youngsters selected to participate in the 2014 Borders Sport and Leisure Sports Academy are preparing to receive training from some of the finest coaches in the country.

The academy, which takes the form of a multi-sports training camp, will take place at Borders Campus in Galashiels from August 3-6, and features seven different sports.

The children invited to attend have been identified as the most promising sporting talents in the region and will experience elite coaching and workshops over the period.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “This is a brilliant initiative that brings together children aged 12-16 from across the region and allows them to have a taste of what professional athletes experience as part of their development programmes.

“Being selected to take part is a real achievement, and I am delighted that we have secured an exceptional team of professional coaches to work at the academy this year.”

The coaching line-up for 2015 includes former Hearts football player Lee Makel, Olympian and Scotland’s most capped hockey player, Janet Jack, touch tennis champion Neil Harden, Regional Academy coach for Scottish Rugby Union, Chris Dewsnap, cycling coach Chris Bryant, swimming coach Lauren Jocelyn and athletics coach Neil Renton.

Mr Jackson concluded: “The coaches aim to make this both challenging and enjoyable. I am sure, just like previous participants, this year’s students will find this an inspirational experience.”

Previous attendees at the Scottish Borders Sports Academy who have gone on excel in their chosen fields include footballer Danny Galbraith who played for Manchester United, canoeist Alice Haining who has competed in the Junior World Championships and hockey player Sarah Robertson who representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.