Shuttle to success for youngsters

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JUNIOR Borders badminton squads have been busy again with several of the players taking part in the Scottish schools age groups competitions.

Robbie Patterson (Eyemouth High School) has been making great headway taking on and beating Under-15s as well as main rival opponents within his own age group of Under-13. He has just been accepted onto the athlete support programme alongside team-mate Annabelle Young (Peebles High School).

The pair are also lucky enough to be getting specialist coaching from ex-international player and one of Scotland’s top coaches Dan Travers, which adds to the local support that they get from the Borders coaches. These two youngsters have been consistently making it into the A sections of Scottish Schools Badminton Union (SSBU) and other competitions around the Central Belt since the start of the season, and also represent the Borders at SSBU inter-area and cross-border competitions.

Two other talented youngsters, in the form of Callum Smith (Duns Primary) and Abbey Nichol (Reston Primary), have been working hard by travelling up to Edinburgh and Glasgow for their Under-10 development squad training. They, too, have been representing the Borders on the Scottish circuit by taking medal positions in several B and A competitions.

Due to several call-offs by members of the senior team it was a younger, less experienced group who attended the Scottish Schools Senior Inter-area event at the Bells Sports Centre, Perth, last Saturday.

They were terrific, despite coming up against the stronger Midlothian, East Lothian and Edinburgh sides who have several Scottish team and development squad players in them. Borders managed to beat Central 4-1 and finished in fourth place.

Some of the players are back in action this weekend at the East of Scotland Championships, held at Meadowbank in Edinburgh.