Clubs urged to reap benefits

Borders Sport and Leisure is urging sports clubs across the region to join its new Accreditation and Club Benefits Package scheme which aims to recognise and reward clubs for their effectiveness, safety and organisational standards.

All clubs gaining the standard will be entitled to a host of special benefits including free workshop places, discounted rates for first aid courses, discounts when booking Borders Sport and Leisure facilities and priority status for certain funding and scholarship applications.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “We are proud of our sporting reputation and we aim to ensure sport continues to be a dynamic and invigorating part of life.

“The provision of a high quality club network is key to this and our Accreditation & Club Benefits Package rewards clubs that are safe, well organised and benefit the local community.

“Applying for accreditation is simple and we would urge every club in the Borders to contact us and apply.

“The scheme will help clubs improve standards while also delivering a host of rewards for them and their members to enjoy.”

There are more than 150 sports clubs in the Borders and the new Accreditation and Club Benefits Package is available to them all, irrespective of size or membership numbers.

Full information packs and assistance with accreditation process can be obtained from Borders Sport and Leisure’s Club Development Officer on 01896 661166.

The scheme was officially launched at Peebles High School on April 28, and Borders Sport and Leisure will be hosting subsequent sessions across the Borders to explain the scheme to clubs and encourage them to get involved.