Duncan set to make a splash in Galashiels

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OLYMPIC swimming champion Duncan Goodhew is just one of the many iconic figures lined up to share their knowledge with local sports coaches at the Scottish Borders Coaching Conference on Sunday, March 20, at Borders College, Galashiels.

Last year’s event attracted more than 120 coaches from across the region and the rest of Scotland.

This year’s conference includes several high-profile figures and top coaches who will speak and deliver workshops. The keynote speakers include Goodhew, who will give an insight into what is required to become an Olympic champion, and Brian Whittle, chairman of Athletics Coaches Scotland.

They will deliver presentations in the morning, then delegates will be provided with lunch before breaking out into sports specific workshops delivered by guest coaches in athletics, badminton, cricket, cycling, football, golf, hockey, rugby, swimming and tennis. The conference will conclude with a question and answer session.

Guest coaches include: John Owens, Liverpool FC Youth Academy manager, and Tony Stanger, Scotland rugby star and now Scottish Institute of Sport talent manager.

Goodhew said: “This is an excellent opportunity for coaches to improve their skills and techniques and I was delighted to be asked to be a speaker. Training hard was always an important part of my life and I am keen to pass on anything that can help coaches out there who often put their heart and soul into helping individuals and teams achieve their goals.”

Scottish Borders Council’s senior sports development officer Dougie Anderson is keen for local coaches to sign up for the event. He added: “This conference is part of our ongoing commitment to help develop skills and knowledge which will, in turn, help the development of sport in the future.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Borders coaches to learn from such knowledgeable and experienced guest coaches.”

The fee to attend the event is £20 per person with SBC subsidising the cost.

For more information and to get an application form visit: www.sportborders.org.uk. There is also a new facility available to book and pay by credit/debit card by contacting the Sports Development Unit on 01896 756274.

Anyone who requires any further information on the event should contact Dougie on danderson2@scotborders.gov.uk or 01896 759579.