Conference postponed till 2011

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THE wide-ranging Borders Sports Conference that was to be held in Galashiels on Sunday has been postponed until early next year.

The conference, under the heading “Borders Sports Facilities Strategy – The 2020 Vision”, was organised by Scottish Borders Council (SBC), the Borders Sports and Leisure Trust (BSLT) and Jedburgh Leisure Facilities Trust (JLFT) as part of the consultation process to create a new strategy for sporting facilities in the region.

SBC director of education and lifelong learning Glenn Rodger explained: “This conference is crucial to establishing a new sports facilities strategy for the Borders so after receiving a number of requests from sports and leisure organisations, clubs and action groups to provide more time, and with the travel difficulties posed by the current weather, we have taken the decision to postpone the conference until the New Year.

“SBC, BSLT and the JLFT are all committed to playing key roles in devising a new strategy for the Borders that is realistic with the financial challenges we face over the next 10 years and beyond, but one that also builds in aspiration and ambition – not only to make the most of the facilities we have but to develop them in a manner that has a positive impact on the health, wellbeing and success of people in the Borders.

“Our organisations provide the structure around which the strategy will be implemented and developed, but we need the Borders people to shape it. We have already received a lot of feedback to the independent report that was commissioned from Kit Campbell Associates, which has provided the SBC administration and our local communities with much food for thought.

“However, it is important that we move on to phase two and allow as many sports and leisure organisations, groups, clubs and individuals in our region to come together, take ownership of the strategy and help to mould it, and the next stage of that will be the conference.”

The new date is still to be finalised, however, it will be published in the media as soon as possible and all clubs and organisations who have received invitations to Sunday’s conference will be notified of the new date as soon as it is confirmed.

Spaces are limited, which is why the event will be by invitation only, but the organisers have stressed that they are keen to ensure that all clubs or sports/leisure organisations are represented if possible. They urge those interested in helping to form the new sports facility strategy to contact their local representative body in the first instance to raise issues, suggestions and solutions that could be considered at the conference, or alternatively submit comments as part of the strategy consultation process to ellinfo@scotborders.gov.uk

You can also write to: Glenn Rodger, director of education and lifelong learning, Scottish Borders Council, Council HQ, Newtown St Boswells, TD6 0SA.