Another first for hockey in the Borders

Hockey players from all over the Borders have been turning out for the recent Festivals and selection days.
Hockey players from all over the Borders have been turning out for the recent Festivals and selection days.

HOCKEY in the Borders has moved on another stage in its development plan.

Forty children aged 14 and under, selected from their schools and club centres, turned up at Tweedbank on Sunday to show off their skills in the hope of being selected for the U14 development squad.

This selection day follows on from the similar U12 event which produced the squad which is now in weekly training at Tweedbank.

These squads are being put in place as the next step in the ‘Stronger Game’ programme which is Scottish Hockey’s name for its ‘Long term Athlete Development Pathway’.

Borders hockey now has each step in the development ladder, from grass roots all the way through to senior national.

Borders hockey development officer Janet Jack told TheSouthern: “The development squad selection day was a further example of the progress of hockey and it was a very difficult job for the selectors, who in the end had to concede that a squad of 18 was too difficult to select and a second selection day would be needed to cut it from 24 to the final 18.”

The final squad will train once a week with coach Debra Martin at Tweedbank and represent the region in their age group.