Athletics and tennis top of the agenda at workshops

04/09/02. WEEKEND SECTION,. WALKING,. NEW FEATURE ON FAVOURITE WALKS,. SCOTTISH ATHLETE DARREN RITCHIE WITH THE EILDON HILLS BEHIND PICTURED ON THE 8TH FAIRWAY ON THE MELROSE GOLF COURSE, MELROSE, BORDERS. PIC IAN RUTHERFORD
04/09/02. WEEKEND SECTION,. WALKING,. NEW FEATURE ON FAVOURITE WALKS,. SCOTTISH ATHLETE DARREN RITCHIE WITH THE EILDON HILLS BEHIND PICTURED ON THE 8TH FAIRWAY ON THE MELROSE GOLF COURSE, MELROSE, BORDERS. PIC IAN RUTHERFORD

Local long jump legend Darren Ritchie will join some of the country’s top coaches to deliver workshops on athletics and tennis for clubs in the Borders.

Ritchie, now Scottish Athletics Performance Manager and a National Coach, will pass on his expertise at the Border Sport and Leisure athletics workshop which will take place at Tweedbank Outdoor Sports Complex on Saturday, April 4 .

AT SCOTTISH ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS, SCOTSTOUN STADIUM, GLASGOW.  Flying high on his way to victory and a great jump is Darren Ritchie.

AT SCOTTISH ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS, SCOTSTOUN STADIUM, GLASGOW. Flying high on his way to victory and a great jump is Darren Ritchie.

Meanwhile, Tennis Scotland coaches Mark Kinsey and Peter Gordon will be joined by Borders Sport and Leisure’s tennis Development Officer, Alistair McCulloch to deliver the workshop at the Borders Tennis Centre in Galashiels on Sunday.

Talking about his impending visit Ritchie told The Southern: “Coach development is essential to all we do in athletics – our coaches work tirelessly to develop the athletes in our sport and it is essential we keep developing and sharing good practice.

“This workshop will provide coaches with the tools to assist in ensuring the fundamental athletics physical literacy and technical skills are in place.

“It will be great to be back in the Scottish Borders, where it all started for me as an athlete.”

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure said: “Tennis and athletics are two of our key target sports and these workshops are a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced practitioners in the country.”

He added: “We are really fortunate to have some exceptionally talented and enthusiastic local sports clubs and coaches in the Borders and I am sure the workshops will be well supported and a really valuable and inspiring experience for all those who attend.”

Coaches and clubs can obtain more details on the two workshops by contacting mforsyth@bslt.org.uk.