Launch reveals Borders sports clubs are getting to the hub of the matter

SBC Leader David Parker opens the Tweedbank Community Sport Hub
SBC Leader David Parker opens the Tweedbank Community Sport Hub

THE first Community Sport Hub in the Borders has been officially launched by Councillor David Parker at Tweedbank Sports Centre.

Local clubs and organisations, including hockey, football, athletics, cycling, bowls, and rambling, have been working together for the past year and, with the support of local councillor Jim Torrance, new clubrooms and a Coach Education Centre have been created at the Tweedbank venue.

Neil Renton from Gala Harriers, said: “We are looking forward to working together with other local clubs under the Community Sport Hub banner.

“The Hubs provide a structured way for us to share ideas and best practice and to pool resources, so we can all benefit from new facilities and any funding available to support sport in the area.”

The Tweedbank Hub is the first of 10 planned for the region and is a joint initiative between Border Sport and Leisure (BSL) and sportscotland.

Councillor Parker said: “This new community sports hub in Tweedbank is an exciting chapter in the development of sport in the Borders. The refurbished facilities at Tweedbank are excellent and I’m sure will be well used by many local sportsmen and women over the coming years.”

A key component of sportscotland’s contribution to the Scottish Government’s 2014 legacy plan, Community Sport Hubs are designed to enable clubs and organisations to work together to achieve more, while also increasing the number of people participating in sport and physical activity within local communities.