Charitable trust Live Borders has been given the job of managing community access to facilities at the new £22.5m Kelso High School.
Starting today, August 1, it will manage all bookings outwith school hours on behalf of Scottish Borders Council, as it does for sports facilities at Peebles and Selkirk high schools already.
Facilities at the Angraflat Road school, opened last November, include indoor sports halls, a smaller gymnasium, 3G sports pitch and 2G hockey pitch, 100m sprint track, long jump pit and fitness suite.
The council’s executive member for culture and sport, Galashiels councillor Euan Jardine, said: “The new Kelso High School is a fantastic asset for the local community, including the wide range of sports facilities which have already received positive feedback from users.
“Live Borders has experience of managing similar facilities, and I have no doubt the team will ensure that the community can make full use of the halls, pitches and classrooms on offer.”
Live Borders facilities manager Ben Lamb said: “Scottish Borders Council approached Live Borders to run the Kelso High School facilities outwith school hours.
“Live Borders brings a wealth of experience in efficiently and effectively managing sport, leisure and cultural facilities for communities across the region.
“As a charity, every penny spent with Live Borders is reinvested back into supporting active, creative and healthy communities in the Borders.
“We currently manage 17 leisure facilities across the region with a focus on providing affordable, accessible and financially-sustainable facilities and services.
“Live Borders is in a prime position to maximise the wider impact of the Kelso High facilities by working closely with the school, the local community and clubs to deliver on tackling health inequalities across communities and developing pathways for sport and physical activity.”
For details, go to www.liveborders.org.uk/KHS