Borders’ stars of future train together

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THE sporting elite of the Borders gathered in Galashiels on Monday for three days of intensive training.

The event which is in its eighth successive year takes the form of a residential camp, based at Heriot Watt University Campus, aimed at developing the region’s young sporting talent.

More than 100 youngsters from all areas of the Borders were selected to attend the Academy by the regional development groups for sports including athletics, badminton, cricket, football, hockey, swimming and tennis.

Neil Renton, sports development officer from Borders Sport & Leisure Trust (BSLT) said: “The coaching programme of the Scottish Borders Sports Academy has been designed to provide participants with the best possible opportunity to acquire and develop skills. Local and national coaches lead all the sessions for the Borders youngsters, several of whom have been identified as potential internationalists of the future.”

Tony Taylor, MBE, chair of BSLT, said: “It is clear that the Borders Community has some exciting raw sporting talent and the experience at Galashiels is one that is vital for their development. When you combine the sporting academy the athlete support programme (ASP) and coaching scholarship scheme, the Borders sporting community now provides the support and learning experiences that will hopefully see these young athletes competing at future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games.”

BSLT, Scottish Borders Council, Heriot Watt University, the seven regional sports-specific development groups and the national governing bodies of sport support the academy.