Kids set for para sport festival

More than 100 children will take part in this year’s annual Borders Sport and Leisure Disability Sports Festival, being held on April 22 at Tweedbank.

The event, sponsored by Scottish Building Society, will involve youngsters from more than 17 different schools and feature activities including football, rugby, tennis, athletics, boccia and hockey.

A showcase for disability sport, the festival has played a key role in identifying young sporting talent and fast-tracking athletes via the para-sport pathway to build their skills and performances.

Alan Oliver, BSL disability sports development officer, said: “The festival provides a great opportunity for youngsters to experience a variety of sports and for coaches to gain experience in adapting sports to suit abilities.

“The festival has played a key role in identifying future stars, including Patrick Wilson from Peebles, who showed rare ability in Boccia and has since been selected for the GB team.”

Ewan Jackson, BSL chief executive, added: “This one-of-a-kind festival is supported by local clubs, coaches and volunteers and to have so many people involved is testament to the passion that exists for sport in the Borders.”